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post #11 of 18
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I hadn't really thought about the floorspace aspect.  Makes sense.  I think with that in mind I will make the door out of the side of the coop and then make a ramp for them to get down.

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Hoping to get chickens again soon, in the meantime I have gotten a couple pregnant Shetland Ewes.  You can check out all my shenanigans at Homesteaddad.com
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post #12 of 18

I am about half way done with my 2nd coop and this one is a tractor and I am doing the hole in the bottom of the coop for them to get in and out. I will attatch a plank for them to get up into it and for them to get out. I have to figure out how I will attatch it to the bottom side of the tractor so it's not on the ground for when I am moving the tractor around. I am going to attatch the plank walkway to the bottom of the coop with some hinges. This one will not have a door that can be opened or closed so there will always be a hole in the bottom of the coop. I will put some 2x2 boards around the hole cutout so all the straw I will be using in the coop dosen't fall out as easy. I will have 2 swinging doors on the outside back so I can access it to do clean outs and gather the eggs. When I get it finished I will be posting pics of it.

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2nd Group of Chicks 1-9-08: 5 Buff Orpingtons, 2 EE, 1 SLW
3rd Group of Chicks 3-5-08: 1 SLW, 1 RIR, 1 BO, 3 EE's & 1 Australorp warmer
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1st Chicks Oct 07: 2 RIR, 1 Delaware, 2 Golden Phoenix & 2 Silver Phoenix
2nd Group of Chicks 1-9-08: 5 Buff Orpingtons, 2 EE, 1 SLW
3rd Group of Chicks 3-5-08: 1 SLW, 1 RIR, 1 BO, 3 EE's & 1 Australorp warmer
Ducks 3-13-08: 3 Khaki's, 1 Mallard, 3-23-08 6 more EE's, 11-10-08 6 BBS Orps
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post #13 of 18

Like bills, I have a guillotine type sliding door operated with rope and a couple pulleys.

What's best about it is that it keeps my shoes clean because I can open/close it from outside the henhouse and yard.

Just make sure the bottom sill is about 6" up from the floor.

Good luck,
spot


Edited by spottedtail - 2/23/08 at 5:59pm
post #14 of 18

[I will attatch a plank for them to get up into it and for them to get out. I have to figure out how I will attatch it to the bottom side of the tractor so it's not on the ground for when I am moving the tractor around.]

Eye-bolts and chain.  Adjust the chain so that the plank is several inches off the ground.

frow

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Who was the first person to say, "See that chicken there? I'm going to eat the next thing that comes out of its butt."
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post #15 of 18
Could you guys with the guillotine type doors post pictures? I'm designing my coop outside run and need ideas so I can build it. Thanks!!
post #16 of 18

I have a hard time posting pics, so can't do so, but can tell you what we've done, and it worked very well.  For a door, we used a large plastic cutting board, cause it was handy, right size, and slides very well in the track.  Used J channel for aluminum siding to make the track for it to run up and down in.  On the bottom, I recommend that you place a horizontal board, spaced out so the door can slide down behind that board a bit to prevent little predator paws from getting hold of it and pushing it up there.  Place a stop about 1" down to keep it from sliding down all the way.  I butt the J channel up to this board on either side.  A hole in the top of the door, some wire to attach your string, a couple of pulleys, and you're done.  I still have not done the pulleys or string on my door yet.  I'm the ultimate procrastinator. 

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Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-lazy-gardener

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

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post #17 of 18
Thank you! I was going to have some thick plexiglass cut but the cutting board is a great idea!
I also decided I want a timer with a motor so I don't have to get up with the chickens to let them out!
post #18 of 18

That's still on my wish list, but more for seeing to it that the door is shut after dark, than to open it in the morning.

Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-lazy-gardener

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

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Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-lazy-gardener

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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