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How small can a chicken door be??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Frozen Feathers, Jun 16, 2007.

  1. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    Maine
    Please solve my argument with my DH and me!! LOL I think between 8"x8" or 10"x 8" would be a plenty big enough door. He's not too bright [​IMG] and thinks that it needs to be much bigger, like 1.5'x1.5. Please tell me I'm right!!! My biggest bird is an Australorp, if that helps. I'm trying to keep my nosy little goats out of the chicken coop. [​IMG]
     
  2. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    I dont know how small it can be, but my door is 12x14.
     
  3. MTchick

    MTchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine is 12x12 and that seems to be just fine. I have two Wyandottes, which are big and heavy like Australorps, and they have a few inches of clearance on the sides, no problem. Part of the "hole" question is how many birds you have- if you have 100 birds in the henhouse than you'll have a very serious traffic jam with a 12x12 hole. I have 7 birds and sometimes they try to come out all 7 at once- that causes quite a commotion. [​IMG]

    -MTchick
     
  4. khable

    khable Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LaGrangeville, NY
    Our door is 10"x12".

    I got that size straight from the book "Storey's Guide to raising Chickens" that is what they reccomend for standard size birds.

    Hope that helps.
     
  5. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    Ours is 16x16.......no complaints yet [​IMG]
     

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