DIY chicken door cover for cold weather?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by morgannn, Jan 5, 2017.

  1. morgannn

    morgannn Out Of The Brooder

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    Does anybody know how to make a flap cover for the chicken door to the coop? My area is expecting cold weather in a few days and I want to make a way to block the wind from blowing in on my girls while they roost. I have seen pictures of plastic that looks like the plastic flaps on a car wash, and I was hoping to recreate that. However, I have looked all over the home improvement stores and Tractor & Supply and i haven't found any plastic thick enough to work as a wind block. Any suggestions on something else I could use?

    (btw I do not want to use a wooden pop door)
     
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    What about the flap doors people use on dog houses - maybe you could modify on of those to fit your opening. I would look at Lowes/Home Depot to see if they have something like what you are wanting.

    If those are too flimsy, get creative and use something like a door mat cut into strips, but it would have to be light enough for the chickens to push through.

    Just my thoughts[​IMG]
     
  3. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Hi there morgannn

    If you can not find the materials for a flap cover, can you put a wind breaker further in the coop?

    I hope I can explain this correctly. So, rather than block the door with something they may not want to push through, put up a permanent or temporary small internal wall slightly bigger than the door opening so that they walk in the door and then turn to the left or right to get into the coop.

    Granted some wind/breeze would still get through but it should be deflected to the left and right also?

    I do not have a coop door because of our low predator risk, secure run and climate so I am not experienced in this area but it was just something I thought of.
     
  4. juliasaunt04

    juliasaunt04 New Egg

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    You can order the flaps off Amazon. They are flaps to cover a dog house opening. Search dog houses and there should be flaps there. I ordered a dog house for my ducks and the flaps were an additional option for 10$.
     
  5. juliasaunt04

    juliasaunt04 New Egg

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    I just looked, searched " Dog House Flaps" they are running between 19 and 26$. Depending on size. Good luck
     
  6. Has anyone tried using clear shower curtains as a blocker whether is be on the entrance to the coop or the outside to block wind? Pros? Cons?
     
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  7. flyin-lowe

    flyin-lowe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What size/style coop do you have? Is the roost that low that the wind would hit the birds? Also how long is the roost bar? In a larger coop they would likely move over and huddle together if the wind was on them. If you have a smaller coop with a small low roost bar that is as low as the pop door it will be an issue. If there is enough room for them to move over and the coop is not already over crowded they will avoid that area. I have an 8 foot long roost board for 9 hens. Some night all nine of them are huddled using less then half of the board. As long as the cold air is not blowing directly on them then just the cold itself shouldn't bother them unless you have chicks that are not cold tolerant. How many, what breed, and how big is the coop?
     

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