Chicken door size

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

  1. Tracyree

    Tracyree Songster

    May 6, 2011
    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 Songster

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    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 Songster

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

    Tracyree Songster

    May 6, 2011
    Thanks. Just measured and it's 9 x 10... Probably not big enough.
  5. debid

    debid Crowing

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    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 Songster

    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 In the Brooder

    Apr 25, 2011
    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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