coop door size?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by orsurf76, May 10, 2009.

  1. orsurf76

    orsurf76 New Egg

    Apr 10, 2009
    I'm building my first coop for my 6 week old chicks and I'm still not sure if my door is big enough.
    I have a ramp leading into the raised floor of the coop--how big should the opening be?

    Thanks--and here's my girls:

    Three Chicks A Day
  2. meriruka

    meriruka Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
    I would say 2-3 inches taller than a full size chicken's back and an inch on either side of the width of a full grown chicken's backside. My own chickens will not go through an opening if any side touches their feathers or if they have to duck down too much to get through it. (All bets are off if they are being chased, they will cram themselves into a matchbox to get away)
  3. what eggs

    what eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2009
    I made mine in the same dimensions that Meriruka gave, my girls will not even come out into the yard to free range if the front door is not open all the way and might touch them.
    Your pictures are beautiful and you have really captured their personalities.
  4. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    I'd do at least 12 inches wide and 16 inches long. Make sure your ramp has alot of slats to keep the chickens from slipping.
  5. chickens3

    chickens3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2009
    Eau Claire, Michigan
    I made a door and it is not big at all 1ft high by 1/2 foot wide they will go into it.
  6. sangel4you

    sangel4you Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2009
    Halifax, Pennsylvania
    I made mine 1 foot square I that going to be ok?

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