Chicken door size

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Tracyree, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. Tracyree

    Tracyree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My old coop is being renovated and it just occurred to me that we kept silkies before and will now have standard size chickens. I imagine we'll need to make the chicken doors larger? What size is best? Right now I'd guess they are about 8"x10"
     
  2. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My pop door is around 22 inches tall & 12 inches wide. I have LF chickens & my rooster is a big boy. Guess the door size depends on your breed. Just keep the rooster in mind when building the door.
     
  3. patman75

    patman75 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine is 14X22, Fits in between the studs on the wall.
     
  4. Tracyree

    Tracyree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. Just measured and it's 9 x 10... Probably not big enough.
     
  5. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    I went 10x13 because that was suggested in my chicken keeping manual. Yes, a tall roo would have to duck to go in but they can and will do that. This book did suggest going a couple of inches bigger if you will have any very large breeds (Brahmas, Jersey Giants...)

    FWIW, I'd also make sure you could use an automated door opener/closer with whatever size hole you cut just in case you decide to add one later.
     
  6. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    My RIR happily step thru a 6X6 opening when they want to go somewhere. Your door size probably is more important to ventilation and drafts than to the birds.
     
  7. Tool

    Tool Out Of The Brooder

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    I believe mine are 18x18. It seemed at first it might be alittle big, but I did not think about the birds having to duck to go in and out. Thanks.
     

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