Cover for pop door while open?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by TripleH, Oct 18, 2009.

  1. TripleH

    TripleH Out Of The Brooder

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    Any ideas? My pop door faces north. We have had highs in the lower 40's
    recently with some strong north winds. Enough that the shavings are being blown
    around in coop. This will be my first winter with chickens and was wondering
    if anyone had used a tarp or something else over pop door that would still
    allow chickens to pass thru? Coop is not insulated, chickens are doing fine
    so far with temps in the coop staying between 30-45deg. F. My door to the run
    faces north too, so I can not cover north side of run. Thanks for any input.
     
  2. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I have a small AC unit in my coop... I lost a few to the heat this summer when it was 115 and my coop was in the shade!

    So I didn't loose all of my cool AC air to the outside, I took a towel, cut it into strips and hung it over the pop door. They learned real quick to just push in or out and the towel helped to keep things cooler in the coop.
     
  4. walkerkm

    walkerkm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wondering the same thing...thinking of using a clear shower curtin and cutting it into a few strips and then screwing it into the wood above the pop door (inside). Hopfully they will figure it out. has anyone done this. Just want to keep the wind from blowing in, but want them to still have acess to the outside.
     
  5. nature nut

    nature nut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't tried it yet but was thinking of trying doing the same thing with leftover window screen material. Hope somebody can say they've tried it and that it was successful
     
  6. evonne

    evonne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lol.. i was actually thinking of a kitten door from homedepot... but wasn't sure if the chickens could push past the flap....
     
  7. kayjuggler

    kayjuggler Out Of The Brooder

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    Check out the "Minnesota" coop on the large coops page. We are building a coop right now and my plan is to have them have 24 hour access to a predator proof roofed run with a pop door covering similar to shower curtiann or pet door vinyl. Our weather is chicken freindly in Maryland most of the time so they should make good use of the run area. This was the coop page that gave me the idea.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=167-Minnesota_Coop
     
  8. Nana2KJS

    Nana2KJS Chicks-n-Ahs

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    We used a doggie door - cut the plastic into strips, pinned the middle up for a couple days, then let it down. They go in and out with no problem.
     
  9. Germaine_11.20

    Germaine_11.20 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bet a little scratch thrown out in plain sight would have them through the door in a second. Good idea.
     
  10. Schroeder

    Schroeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Joann Fabrics has clear flexible plastic on rolls (like fabric). The 20 guage stuff is pretty thick and costs $7.50 a yard. I went to buy some yesterday but I would have had to wait in line forever to get it cut. I'll try it eventually.
     

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