We have escaping chickens. I don’t know how they’re getting out.
We always lock them in at night, to protect them from predators.
We’ve seen coyotes in the area already this spring.
Last saturday (in spite of my decision to leave them in so they’d be locked up safe while we were gone for Easter) three quarters of them got out. All doors and windows were closed.
But one door wasn’t locked, so maybe it blew* open?
So the coop door was left open overnight. Good news, we didn’t loose any chickens!
I shut that door late sunday night when we got home. AND MADE SURE all the doors were locked.
Monday it’s raining, so I leave the birds inside**.
Neil gets home from class, and discovers a handful of chickens outside AGAIN.
All the doors were still locked.
I really dislike the idea that my coop has a security flaw big enough for a dumb chicken to escape. That means the smart predators could get in…
Neil thinks maybe they’re hiding UNDER the coop at night, instead of going inside.
*Note, doors usually only blow open if there is a window or door already open so the air can get inside, but it’s not impossible.
**Because on rainy days all they’ll do is run from the coop to our porch, and then poop all over it all day long.