Doors open in the winter??? ***pic***

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by yellowchickensmomma, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. yellowchickensmomma

    yellowchickensmomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2009
    My coop has split door on the front and window on the back. During the day I normally open the two top doors for fresh air because it gets stuffy in the summer. Theres not any shade. I had DH cut the doors after we had some wild dogs get in and kill my chickens. Now that it is getting cold should I continue to open the top doors. The wind blow through alot and they kind of act like they don't want to ruffle there fuzzy rumps in the wind. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  2. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Apr 22, 2008
    upstate SC
    Chickens hate the wind so if it is blowing definitely close the doors.
    I have open front coops fro my free ranging birds and they will do their best to get out of any wind but my coop faces the south and seldom do we get much wind from that direction.
    Since your birds can go outside during the day I would close those doors to allow them some protection if they feel the need. I understand about the summer being so hot but winter may be a time to close them up a bit. It is best to have some air flow for ventilation though.
  3. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    ...and you could always add a pop door to that design at the bottom if you wished...the exact weather that day is the key.

    They hate drafts and direct wind and you could fill up with snow...we leave our pop door open most winter days, except during blizzards or when the chill factor is severe...
  4. davidr

    davidr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 22, 2009
    Mokena, IL
    What do you consider cold?

    How cold does it get?

  5. toletiquesbysam

    toletiquesbysam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2008
    If it's really windy or snowing really good, then I'd shut the doors to keep the coop a little warmer. But when it's pleasant out and the sun is shining on that side of the building it wouldn't hurt to have it open to allow some ventilation but I'd shut them up at night just for warmth.
  6. SunnyDawn

    SunnyDawn Sun Lovin' Lizard

    Sep 12, 2009
    Nor Cal
    Drafts are a big problem for chickens. They do need some ventilation though. Cut a small ventilation hole up under the roof eave to vent for health then close those doors!
  7. yellowchickensmomma

    yellowchickensmomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2009
    Quote:I have a pop door on the side that goes into the run. Do you think I need one on the front too???


    You can see the pop door behind the cat.

    Vents::: we have some on the roof and the window in the back.
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2009
  8. CityChook

    CityChook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Coop
    I'd close those front doors if it was me. They will let all your heat out and all the snow in. That said, I have to admit that I am really coveting those dutch doors. I want one really bad.

    Your pop door is fine. Your coop likely won't be as stuffy in the winter time. You mentioned vents in the roof - is it enough? I'd keep the window shut as well, but remember I'm in a place that gets really cold.

    Your ventilation is even more important in the winter -- moist mildly cold air can result in frostbite. You want the moisture venting out and the coop to be dry. Do a search on ventilation (in the blue bar above) or check out Patandchickens page. She has a great deal of knowledge.
  9. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm chuckling at the cat! Glad you already have the pop door, so you can already shut the top and use the door in winter...nice little coop!~ [​IMG]

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