Height of a chicken door.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Roy Rooster, May 24, 2011.

  1. Roy Rooster

    Roy Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi All, [​IMG]

    We are now building the door for our chicken coop and are wanting to put
    a chicken door at the bottom of the large door. This way the chickens
    can come and go while free ranging without having to keep the large
    door open.

    Does anyone have an idea of what the measurements of the chicken door should be?
    We have Buff Orphingtons. [​IMG]


    Here is a picture of our coop and door that we want to have a chicken access door in.




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    Looking from the back of the coop towards the door

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    view from the front of the coop.

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  2. BlueBetween

    BlueBetween Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we made ours 12X12. After that though, I read that 12X16 is good. But I think my 12X12 will work fine (my chickens haven't used it yet, nor are they full grown.)
     
  3. Carrie Lynn

    Carrie Lynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've read 12x12 also.
     
  4. Roy Rooster

    Roy Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok,

    Thanks so much for your advice. We appreciate it.

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  5. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Why not use a doggy door with a latch to hold the flap up. Some are securable and it's another obstacle for predators
     
  6. epeloquin

    epeloquin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine is 18" high and 12" wide. I also put in a hook and eye latch with a spring lock so that once it is open there is no way it can swing down and slam shut accidentally.

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  7. Roy Rooster

    Roy Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is a good idea bryan99705. We never thought about
    that.

    Thanks
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  8. BlueBetween

    BlueBetween Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ours pulls up with a rope , which is wrapped up on a boat tie thingy outside the run so I can open and close it without going in. I'm trying to decide if I think my run is secure enough not to have to worry about rigging a "lock" of some sort for it.

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  9. I think the smallest I would use for a chicken door for full sized bird is 9'' x 10''. However I make most of my doors 10'' x 15'' with a rounded top. Most people use bigger doors than myself and I understand that. However I do know from experience that my RIR and BR and EE will go through a 6'' wide and 9'' tall door. At first I didn't think it was possible but it most surely is possible.
     
  10. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    I make mine a bit bigger cause it seems like some like to sit in the doorway and cause a roadblock.
    It doesn't matter a lot though. Even a big rooster can squeeze through a very tight space.
     

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