Coop door facing directly into Winterly winds, how to bock wind while leaving door open

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by gash, Nov 6, 2015.

  1. gash

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    Here's my dilemma, the place we're at is temporary for two years. Our new place will have a much better design until then I've got to work with what I have. We have chickens, rabbits and goats in an old barn here on the property. We put the chickens on the north side because the wall already had a chunk missing and it would be a great place for the chicken coop door. During the summer winds come from the south, winter the winds come from the north/northwest. The door seals shut and blocks the wind, I'm trying to figure out how to leave the door open and having something in place to block the wind from ripping through the coop/barn during the winter. I've thought about doing something like what folks do for walk-in fridge/freezers and have some heavy plastic strips hanging down but am afraid that chickens might not go through it then. Moving the door or letting them out any other way is not an option unfortunately. It's either solve this problem or they stay in the coop all winter :(


    Thank you for you help!
     
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  2. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could build a extension on the opening and turn the entrance away from the winds
     
  3. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Kind of a L shape.. that way you can leave it open
     
  4. gash

    gash New Egg

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    That's the same conclusion I came to this afternoon while working out in the yard. Didn't want to do that but seems that's the only choice. I will have to close the coop at night but I can make it work with a "wind block wall".

    thank you!
     
  5. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your welcome
     
  6. Cheep N Peep

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    You could also do a 'doggy door'. Use some heavy cloth to make a flap covering the pop hole. If the chickens are having trouble pushing through it, staple the sides of the flap to the side of the door and cut it in half, sort of like a double door- only a double flap?
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I built a 'glass foyer' out of some old windows to block prevailing wind from pop door, but I have a sliding pop door operated from inside coop.
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    You could do like a freezer/cooler door, strips of heavy clear plastic.
    Put them up a couple at a time starting from the outside of the opening and they get used to pushing thru them.
     

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