How do you keep your pop door from freezing?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Dooner, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. Dooner

    Dooner Songster

    Apr 24, 2011
    My chicken door is on the outside of the coop and it slides up and down in a wooden track. I have a rope with pulley to raise and lower from the other side of the coop (the chicken door side is hard to get to in the best of weather.). I live in the mild weather state of Wisconsin and I will bet you the door is going to freeze up on me in the winter. Any suggestions?[​IMG]

  2. hcppam

    hcppam Songster

    good question!
  3. rittert3

    rittert3 Songster

    May 1, 2009
    Ks (Manhattan area)
    If you have elecricity in the coop you could point a heat lamp at it other wiise I would say you would have to thaw it with hot water.
  4. goldies99

    goldies99 Songster

    Jul 22, 2011
    you could nail a tarp over the wont be pretty but it might keep the snow and ice out....allowing the door to slide

  5. gale65

    gale65 Songster

    hmm hadn't thought of that. Is it less likely to freeze up if it's inside? Is there a way you can switch it to the inside?
  6. Dooner

    Dooner Songster

    Apr 24, 2011
    Quote:I think that might be the best solution. I will have to add this to my list of things I would have done differently.
  7. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Both of my pop door slide up on the inside. But you have a really nice overhang on that side; Why do you think it'll freeze up?? Does the wind/snow blow against that side??? If not, I'd think you'll be okay.

  8. carladababe

    carladababe Songster

    Nov 25, 2010
    Dixon, Missouri
    Great question. Mine is on the inside and have been complaining that it would be easier if it were on the outside. I hadn't thought about the freezing weather. I would think that inside the coop wouldn't be freezing so easier to open.[​IMG]
  9. kfacres

    kfacres Songster

    Jul 14, 2011
    paint it black, so it thaws out sooner...

    is yours on the east or west? that would matter??

    i grew up in S. IL, which has tons more ice than WI-- and I think I only remember one time having a pop door freeze shut.. mine was on west side, so shaded in the a.m. heated in the p.m.
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2011

  10. rungirl

    rungirl Songster

    Apr 7, 2010
    Columbus, Ohio
    I built the tracks on the inside of the coop. I open it from inside also, but I've seen some people who have a small hole above the door and a string or chain that they pull from the outside to open it. You could do that with your also by drilling a little hole and pulling the string through it.

    Last edited: Sep 22, 2011

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