how big should the chicken doors be?

PurplePoppiPpl

Chirping
7 Years
Mar 31, 2012
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i am in the process of building my first chicken coop and was wondering what size the chicken door should be...
thanks

P.S. I have speckled sussex, silver laced wyandotte, belgian d'Uccle, cochin, BO, and amerucunas...
 
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KDK1

Songster
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Jun 29, 2011
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Tennessee Plateau
Mine is 7" wide by 11" tall. I have 5 RIRs and 3 araucanas. Nobody has any trouble gaining access.
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Free Ranging
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Jan 20, 2011
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It's funny because when I see them duck and scoot under a fallen limb, it's pretty obvious they could get through a space half the size I've provided.

Something worth considering when you're cutting the hole is whether you'll eventually want an automatic door. Door kits require specific hole sizes for installation and it's always easier to enlarge than to reduce the cutout. I also wanted to suggest that you make the hole several inches above the coop floor. Mine is 8" up and nobody complains about having to hop. It really helps to keep the litter in.
 

KDK1

Songster
8 Years
Jun 29, 2011
817
62
154
Tennessee Plateau
It's funny because when I see them duck and scoot under a fallen limb, it's pretty obvious they could get through a space half the size I've provided.

Something worth considering when you're cutting the hole is whether you'll eventually want an automatic door. Door kits require specific hole sizes for installation and it's always easier to enlarge than to reduce the cutout. I also wanted to suggest that you make the hole several inches above the coop floor. Mine is 8" up and nobody complains about having to hop. It really helps to keep the litter in.
Good point. Before I built the new coop, I added the add-a-motor to my existing pop door. Although door size really doesn't apply here. The whole thing got transferred to the new coop.

 

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