Coop chicken door dimesions

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by AndyL, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. AndyL

    AndyL Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, I am buiding a sweet 4' x 8' coop for my eight girls that are coming in May. Some of the highlights of my construction are vinyl flooring throughout to include the nesting boxes and stainless steel doors and a stainless one piece roof as well.

    My question is what are the dimensions needed for the door the chickens will use to get in and out of the coop? They are going to be standerd heavy breeds, Australorps and White Rocks. I am also going to build a nice ramp for them to get down into their 125 sq. ft. 6' enclosed run.

    Thanks for your help! [​IMG] Andy
     
  2. Rusty's Ranch

    Rusty's Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We're newbies and not experts by any means, but it looks like hubby made our door approximately 10" x 10". The girls are about 2 months old and fit through the door fine - the door even looks plenty large enough even if they grow a bit.

    Hope this helps ... here's what our coop looks like.

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  3. AndyL

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    Thats good to know, thank you. I plan on using a design like yours, with a door that moves up and down on tracks for maximum security.

    We have racoons, skunks, fox, coyotes and even fisher cats have been spotted in my area so it has to be secure! [​IMG]

    Andy
     
  4. mmtillman

    mmtillman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Here is the 12x12 door my hubby made for our coop. We, too, have lots of predators, so we made this door very heavy and the summer door with welded wire ( to slide in during the hot months) will be weighted , as well, to prevent coons from getting in the coop.
    We even used a double layer of welded wire just to be 100% sure !!
    [​IMG]
     
  5. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chicken coop door is 12 inches high and 9 inches wide. My buff orpington rooster and 65 lb Aussie have no problems getting in and out.
     
  6. danielbrown

    danielbrown Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's a good idea to install the door about 6" above the floor. This keeps litter in side the coop.
     
  7. AndyL

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    Wow, great! Thanks all, I would have never thought of raising the entrance off the floor but it makes sence.
     
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2009
  8. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    My Coop
    12 X 12 pop door.
     

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