Hen house door size?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Want Less, Apr 10, 2010.

  1. Want Less

    Want Less Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How big is your chicken door on your hen house (the one the chickens enter and exit from, not for gathering eggs, cleaning, etc.)??

    We are building for 3 each of RIRs and black sex links if that makes any difference. Thanks!! [​IMG]
     
  2. swgalway

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    I just cut my hen house door yesterday. I made it 10" wide by 13" high. It hinges from the top, but I read you can hinge them from the bottom and use the door as a ramp. Mine did not work out this way. My hens popped out and in_no problem! I have RIR, Barred rocks, and Buff Orpingtons. Good Luck!
     
  3. TajMahalChickens

    TajMahalChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hens, (which include RIRs), are able to fit through my 10" wide by 6" tall door.
     
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  4. squeakyballs

    squeakyballs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I made mine 9" wide and 12" high... I figured that if a stray dog got into the yard, and then into the run, it might not be able to get into the coop... [​IMG]

    I only have adult silkies though, and who knows if the standard sized chicks will fit through once they are grown.
     
  5. pulletkeeper

    pulletkeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]

    My 98 lb Lab fit through my 9X10 door while I was building the coop. Took her a minute but she got her big body through it! I have a picture of it somewhere that I took with my phone because she looked so funny going through such a small door. [​IMG]
     
  6. Tamrajh

    Tamrajh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you need to show the chickens how to use the door the first few times or do they figure it out?
     
  7. dumb_cluck

    dumb_cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm planning a guillotine door arrangement. I don't like the swinging hatch type. Anyone?
     
  8. Want Less

    Want Less Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:HAHAHA!!!! [​IMG]

    So far our blue heeler (~65 lbs) has shown no interest in the chickens at all. I'm surprised... I figured she'd be the difficult one... NOT my 5 lb Maltese. Oh my goodness! Chicks have been here for 3 weeks now and she STILL hasn't calmed down around them!
     
  9. Want Less

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    Quote:We've chosen the hatch type that hinges at the top because we've found a way to lock it closed without having to enter the coop (by sliding a bar across it from the outside). I liked the look of the guillotine door but I wanted to make sure critters couldn't pry it open. I'm sure there are ways to lock it closed easily too though.
     
  10. dumb_cluck

    dumb_cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you put the door into channel material (c-shaped) the door can only go up and down. You can rig a pulley to open it from the outside with a string/rope. If you plan the bottom to have a pair of braces, the door will become "wedged" between them and cannot be lifted without the aid of the pulley-rope.

    Unless you have monkeys or something for predators. [​IMG]
     

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