chicken pop door winter question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by usalbrechts, Nov 8, 2007.

  1. usalbrechts

    usalbrechts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was wondering today.... I live in Michigan....should I put some kind of plastic or something over my chicken's door, something that they could still get out through, to keep out the cold air. Or, does everyone just let that be and not worry because it is a small door?? Thanks for your thoughts
     
  2. UncleHoot

    UncleHoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Excellent question. I'm in Michigan too, and this will be my chickens' first winter.

    I am planning to keep the door closed all day when it's really cold, and open it on the warmer days. But I am building a 100 square foot coop, so they will have plenty of room since I currently only have 6 chickens.
     
  3. schmoo

    schmoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Michigan here too. I saw something interesting at a farm that I might use. A piece of burlap on each side of the door overlapping the door a little, but not completley covering it in the middle. The chickens seemed to know they could get through. just a thought. I figured it would help on windy days to keep the snow and wind out a little. [​IMG]
     
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  4. usalbrechts

    usalbrechts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like the burlap idea, I could do that.
     
  5. First-time-raising

    First-time-raising Out Of The Brooder

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    I would love to see pictures of your guys chicken coop door as thats the only thing I have left to do on the outside of my new coop.
     
  6. SeaChick

    SeaChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I am not in MI but ME.... tough winters here as well. Here's our exterior run (the actual henhouse part is inside the garage; pop-hole through the read wall). It is covered and pretty sheltered so I am hoping it won't get too much snow in it this winter!

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  7. schmoo

    schmoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:DH just cut a 12" x 12" hole in the barn and I used hinges and a lock on the piece that came from the hole. The door could have been a little smaller I realize now, but the chickens weren't full grown when we cut it and I didn't know how big they'd get [​IMG]
     
  8. First-time-raising

    First-time-raising Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:DH just cut a 12" x 12" hole in the barn and I used hinges and a lock on the piece that came from the hole. The door could have been a little smaller I realize now, but the chickens weren't full grown when we cut it and I didn't know how big they'd get [​IMG]

    So you go into the run every night and shut the door?
    I was thinking of hooking up some kind of rope and pully to open and close the door from outside the run.
     
  9. schmoo

    schmoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well ours is a strange set up. I access the coop from inside the barn and access the run from inside the coop. The pophole is cut in the coop/run door. So yes i have to go in the coop to close the door to the run, but i like to say goodnight to the girls on the roost anyways. I'm itching to get one of those automatic door closer/openers for when we are gone or busy.

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  10. jenichick

    jenichick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our pophole will remain open unless it gets really cold like 5-10 degrees. We are closing up all of our windows in the coop though. Our coop is 1/2 plywood with metal siding over it and has ventilation only at the top under the roof when the windows are closed.
     

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