Chicken Door to Run QUESTION? HELP??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by n2thestorm5032, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. n2thestorm5032

    n2thestorm5032 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I just built a chicken coop [​IMG] and I cut a door for the chickens to go out to the run and stuff, and I built a door blocker that slides down in front of the door at night. But as I really took a look at other peoples coops their chicken doors are off the ground and need a ramp, :eek: but I have mine on the ground, so I don't need a ramp. :eek: Is that a bad thing having the chicken door near the ground????!!!!!???? [​IMG]
     
  2. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    It depends. How do you keep predators out?
    Some of the ones we use are latched, can you secure yours?

    I'm sure others will jump in on this one. Good question.[​IMG]
     
  3. n2thestorm5032

    n2thestorm5032 Chillin' With My Peeps

    the have a fenced in run, and the fence extends a foot into the ground, and door is on a path so if something were to push it, it wouldn't be able to get in and i am sure of that but you know its my first time owning chickens so I am a bit worried!
     
  4. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    If something got to the pop door, could it be opened from the outside? Is your run covered and is that cover predator-proof? Almost all predators climb, even snakes.

    There's no such thing as too much predator protection.

    Check home page links below for some ideas. Lots of coops to check in the coop thread, too.[​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2008
  5. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY
    Quote:I have argued and argued with my husband to no end this weekend over this. He disagrees and thinks that I am ridiculous wanting to LOCK THE POP DOORS! grrrrrr.
    he does not believe a raccoon can get in.

    He is such a "weiney" and already cut the doors out. My chickens had better survive tonight or I am going to be one woman not to be reckoned with tomorrow

    I argued and told him that this is NOT one of those situations that I want to be able to say "TOLD YOU SO"

    I think that when DH (different meaning) goes to bed and to sleep... I am going to the shed to add security.

    Sorry... I am really really angry at him! He thinks I have gone overboard with protection, where as I think it needs more!
     
  6. dixygirl

    dixygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put a bunch of big stones in front of the door at night after i latch them in. It looks like I am closing them in a stone tomb or something. [​IMG]

    Everywhere else there is cement around the perimeter of the coop and on the floor inside. I want to protect my babies the best that a mother can.
    :|
     
  7. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    I think that when DH (different meaning) goes to bed and to sleep... I am going to the shed to add security.

    Sorry... I am really really angry at him! He thinks I have gone overboard with protection, where as I think it needs more!

    I totally agree with you on this one! I would do it! Better to be safe then sorry! You put alot of work and money into your chickens already and no sense taking a chance. I stapled hardware cloth to my doors and then nailed strips of plywood around the edge of the screen too!​
     
  8. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY
    We haven't even built the door to the pen yet. The pen is only half finished. I am uploading pictures now.

    I am describing the coop doors for the chickens to come out. They are not secure. He thinks this hinge he has that is spring loaded will keep them safe. NOT! It isn't THAT hard to open.
     
  9. Nuggetsowner:)

    Nuggetsowner:) Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would place a large rock or something in front of the door. Our chicken door into the run is only about 10 inches off the ground. When the girls go in at night I shut the door and place two large bricks in front of it. The run is as preditor proof as I can make it but you can never be too sure!
     
  10. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY
    here they are.. too high for a big rock... I would have to search tonight in the dark.

    I am going to go nail a piece of wood in front of each for tonight.

    I want to make it so that we can slide a dowel across the front of them both each night.

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