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Hen house door size?

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How big is your chicken door on your hen house (the one the chickens enter and exit from, not for gathering eggs, cleaning, etc.)??

We are building for 3 each of RIRs and black sex links if that makes any difference. Thanks!! frow

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I just cut my hen house door yesterday. I made it 10" wide by 13" high. It hinges from the top, but I read you can hinge them from the bottom and use the door as a ramp. Mine did not work out this way. My hens popped out and in_no problem! I have RIR, Barred rocks, and Buff Orpingtons. Good Luck!

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My hens, (which include RIRs), are able to fit through my 10" wide by 6" tall door.


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post #4 of 12

I made mine 9" wide and 12" high... I figured that if a stray dog got into the yard, and then into the run, it might not be able to get into the coop... fl

I only have adult silkies though, and who knows if the standard sized chicks will fit through once they are grown.

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yuckyuck

My 98 lb Lab fit through my 9X10 door while I was building the coop. Took her a minute but she got her big body through it! I have a picture of it somewhere that I took with my phone because she looked so funny going through such a small door. lau

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post #6 of 12

Do you need to show the chickens how to use the door the first few times or do they figure it out?

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I'm planning a guillotine door arrangement. I don't like the swinging hatch type. Anyone?

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Originally Posted by pulletkeeper 

yuckyuck

My 98 lb Lab fit through my 9X10 door while I was building the coop. Took her a minute but she got her big body through it! I have a picture of it somewhere that I took with my phone because she looked so funny going through such a small door. lau


HAHAHA!!!! gig

So far our blue heeler (~65 lbs) has shown no interest in the chickens at all. I'm surprised... I figured she'd be the difficult one... NOT my 5 lb Maltese. Oh my goodness! Chicks have been here for 3 weeks now and she STILL hasn't calmed down around them!

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I'm planning a guillotine door arrangement. I don't like the swinging hatch type. Anyone?


We've chosen the hatch type that hinges at the top because we've found a way to lock it closed without having to enter the coop (by sliding a bar across it from the outside). I liked the look of the guillotine door but I wanted to make sure critters couldn't pry it open. I'm sure there are ways to lock it closed easily too though.

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post #10 of 12

If you put the door into channel material (c-shaped) the door can only go up and down. You can rig a pulley to open it from the outside with a string/rope.  If you plan the bottom to have a pair of braces, the door will become "wedged" between them and cannot be lifted without the aid of the pulley-rope.

Unless you have monkeys or something for predators. ep

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