Entry and Exit doors!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Our Roost, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. Our Roost

    Our Roost Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2011
    ScottsVille, michigan
    I have constructed an 8' x 16' coop. 8' tall at front and 6' at back. Basic slant roof design. I have a standard steel entry door for humans with two 3' x 3' storm windows with screens for partial ventilation and sunlight. The run is 16'x40'. I have yet to construct doors for the chicks to run to and from the coop. I would like the chicks to have a free choice to enter and exit coop at their own convenience throughout the day. Predators are going to be a problem after dark even though the chicks are in a non roofed 4' high fenced run area attached to the coop. I see lots of pictures on BYC showing cut out chick coop entries, but no door construction ideas for closure or latching shut at night. Does anyone out there have any suggestions or pictures that work for them?
  2. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    What I did in the past was design a vertical sliding door with a rope I could operate from a convienent location and tie off(outside the run so I don't have chicken poo on my boots at work) Some people spend big money on automatic doors that operate off a light meter but I'm too cheap and like to do a headcount at night and check them in the AM. I went with a heavy vertical slider so it cannot fall open and is hard to operate, you may also want a tin cover over it so it cannot be dug or chewed thru.

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