Chicken Coop Hatchway Dimensions

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Daniart, Jun 30, 2007.

  1. Daniart

    Daniart In the Brooder

    Jun 20, 2007
    First time chick owner & assistant coop builder here.....[​IMG]

    Can anyone share the size of their hatchway dimensions? I'll have my husband place it a few inches off the ground to keep the shavings inside, but he's asking me how big the "hole" should be.... [​IMG] Our 4 chicks are about 6 wks old & I'm not sure what size they'll be once full grown. I know one of them is a Rhode Island Red & another is (my favorite) those super cute grey/black chicks with the fuzzy feathery feet. [​IMG]


    Once I figure out how to attach a photo, I'd be happy to share a pic!
  2. Whirlwind

    Whirlwind Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    Tuttle, Oklahoma
    Storey's Guide says 10 inches wide x 13 inches tall. My door into the nest boxes is only 9" x 11" and I have big Barred Rocks and they get in there fine. I have a people size door out to the run. So just somewhere close to either size should be fine.
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  3. mlheran

    mlheran Songster

    Mine is roughly 10" wide by 14" tall and though they have to duck to go in and out, it doesn't quite hit their back (about 1-2 inches to spare). They are standard chickens and are almost full-grown. While I'm sure they can cram into small gaps, I wouldn't suggest going much smaller than 12" tall since they all seem to want to go out at once usually!
  4. Whirlwind

    Whirlwind Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    Tuttle, Oklahoma
    Yes I did'nt think of that. Mine come out a people size door and they do come out in a gush. They never do that going into the nest boxes.I would go with the larger size for sure.

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