Chicken doggy door?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ohthathen, Dec 8, 2016.

  1. ohthathen

    ohthathen Out Of The Brooder

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    Just curious if anyone has ever used something similar to a doggie door on their coop for the winter? Last winter had an issue with snow blowing into the coop (the chicken door isnt even that big), and I was wondering if anyone ever used a doggy door type flap to prevent that while still allowing the chickens to go in/out?[​IMG]
     
  2. mobius

    mobius Chillin' With My Peeps

    What a great thought and no I haven't but will be waiting to hear from others! [​IMG]

    My small dogs have one and it really works to prevent cold air coming in and they love to use it. In fact, one of them SITS in it and hogs it![​IMG]
     
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  3. ohthathen

    ohthathen Out Of The Brooder

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    Hahaha! Sounds like something my parent's Yorkie would do!!
     
  4. mobius

    mobius Chillin' With My Peeps

    Alpha pomeranian (sigh)

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  5. ohthathen

    ohthathen Out Of The Brooder

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    Awwww!!! So fluffy! [​IMG] Bailey, the porky Yorkie (mix). I wanted to put a pine air freshener on her for Halloween, porcupine!!!!
     
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  6. farmgirllvo

    farmgirllvo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you think thy would still go on and out than? Mine don't like the snow already.
     
  7. mobius

    mobius Chillin' With My Peeps

    I dont know if they would figure out the flap myself, that is what I am wondering. As long as straw is laid down or the run is covered, I think they would be fine re: the snow!

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    covered run (the white stuff inside is some shredded paper)

    And if the flap is a problem, maybe a vertically divided flap, I bet a nickel they would figure that out...
     
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  8. ohthathen

    ohthathen Out Of The Brooder

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    Yeah I was wondering if they'd be able to figure it out, too. Maybe I'll just leave them in on those windy days. They have a pretty big coop and run, so covering the run wouldn't be an option for me, especially because this is the last winter I'll have them ( have to find them new homes in spring when I go to university. [​IMG] ).
     
  9. ohthathen

    ohthathen Out Of The Brooder

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    Half of mine still go out when theres snow, others just sit in the door and pout.
     
  10. mobius

    mobius Chillin' With My Peeps

    lol it took mine three days to venture out in the snow...boy were they miffed when they first saw it, pouting would be a good description. Then eventually they all wandered out of the run and sat in trees or ran around in the snow. They are figuring it out!

    Other issue of course with dog door would be ventilaiton in the coop if they elected to stay inside...which actually mine are not...they are outside all day. That being said, there is virtually no wind here all winter and coop/run area further protected from wind. It is almost, I am starting to believe, not about temperatures at ALL. It is about ventilation, wind protection, feeding for metabolism and options for hanging out!

    So sorry to hear you might have to give them up next year! [​IMG]
     
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