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    • CommentAuthorMal Chapman
    • CommentTimeDec 27th, 2010 12:16pm (Dec 27th 2010)
    Have allotment, will get 6 hens in spring. Constructing fox proof run 5m x 5m. Will have fox proof chicken house and nest boxe together with small integral run inside the 5 x 5 area. Do i always need to close up the pop hole every night and reopen a.m. or can i just let them come and go within the small run. Will visit twice a day to let them out and nack to the 5m x 5m area. Also can I put food and water inside the house or is it best to leave in the small run. Small run is 2.5m x 1,5m. House is Hereford style.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeDec 27th, 2010 4:52pm (Dec 27th 2010)
    Hi Mal nice to here from you
    I have a fox proof run with a coop on each end but i like to close them up every night just for piece of mind but i am happy to leave them open if i have to one of my coops has an electric door which opens and closes at what time i want it to.Chickens will always go into there coop when it gets dark and even if the door is open will not come back out until it is light.It is always best to leave food and water in the run area not the house they will make sure they are fed and watered before they go to bed.The main problem being with the water this time of year is that it freeze,s so this needs to be kept an eye on they must have clean water at all times.Hope this helps a bit there will be others on here that will add to what i have said to.Good luck and keep in touch and we would love to see the photo,s when you get all set up. :face-smile:
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 27th, 2010 8:46pm (Dec 27th 2010)
    How do you get hold of those electric doors, Lee? Can you retrofit them, or do they come with the henhouse and that's it? I often wish I had one on the Palace, but I still have to go out to lock the rabbits up anyway!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeDec 27th, 2010 10:39pm (Dec 27th 2010)
    They are retro fit CC I have had mine for a couple of years now they come with a timer that you set it to close and set it to open or you can buy a light sensor ware it opens when getting light and close,s when getting dark but i prefer to set a time that way i no what is happening it has never let me down in 2 years and i have not changed the batteries yet.But they are expensive look here cc
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2010 9:46am (Dec 28th 2010)
    I know some parents who would love to install these in the children's bedroom door.:face-devil-grin:
    • CommentAuthorMal Chapman
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2010 11:31am (Dec 28th 2010)
    Hi Lee,
    Many thanks for your detailed reply, really appreciate advice. Think I might go for timed door but will see hoe it goes. I think I can retro-fit these things. We really look after our wild feathered friends, they have 5 star care. Frozen water needed changing 4 or 5 times each day and we are in N Devon.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2010 1:10pm (Dec 28th 2010) edited
    Hi Mal,
    Now you have had some replies to your problem, how about browsing around and reading some of the current posts on the forum and maybe join us?
    We're a friendly bunch and you will notice there's quite a relaxed attitude to keeping on subject, which is the delight of this site.
    By the way, I am an elderly, ok old, female but don't have any hens - or anything else at the moment - we don't all have hens, some have vast collections of different kinds of pets though. You'll meet them.:047:
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2010 1:37pm (Dec 28th 2010)
    I had mis-read your post as meaning wild hens! It is good to hear that people are still good to wildlife - well done for putting so much effort in and good luck with your hens.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2010 3:47pm (Dec 28th 2010)
    Well said Ollie it is always good to have new people on board.
    :face-devil-grin:I know some grown ups who should have them fitted on their doors as well Julie.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2010 5:14pm (Dec 28th 2010)
    Blimey, Lee; for that price i think I'll keep running out in snow hail and rain - I could buy another ring for that! :rolling:
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeDec 29th, 2010 5:57pm (Dec 29th 2010)
    To be Honest CC I bought one really for when i go on holiday so i did not have to rely on any one to open them in the morning and close them up at night.
    All they do is collect eggs and refresh water and food for the week.When i am hear which is most of the time i like to see them in the morning and let them out :face-smile:
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2010 5:25pm (Dec 30th 2010)
    Yes, my friend asked a neighbour to lock hers up...and now she hasn't got any chickens...:(
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2010 6:25pm (Dec 30th 2010)
    Thats what i cannot live with CC !!!!!!!!!!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2010 4:52pm (Dec 31st 2010)
    Oh no CC how awful for your friend.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2010 6:37pm (Dec 31st 2010)
    She's the one who is supposed to be having Lemon and Sinead.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2010 8:20pm (Dec 31st 2010)
    Oh crikey CC lucky you kept them with you safe and sound.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 1st, 2011 3:09pm (Jan 1st 2011)
    Ah, it was a long time back. That's why she wants L&S. And the neighbour who left the door open has gone!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 1st, 2011 5:21pm (Jan 1st 2011) edited
    Oh right I didn't realise CC. Will you let them go? Does Lemon and Onion get on ok?
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 1st, 2011 8:10pm (Jan 1st 2011)
    Well that's the funny thing; they get on well (although Lemon is right at the bottom of the pecking order) and Onion often passes him a snack or two when the girls are nasty to him!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2011 10:13pm (Jan 2nd 2011)
    Thats real good CC and quite unusual