is a door needed?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by guardian1, Oct 17, 2009.

  1. guardian1

    guardian1 Out Of The Brooder

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    we converted a storage shed into our coop. i cut a hole in the side for a door, but it is open. we live in michigan, so it gets cold in the winter. my line of thinking is that chickens survived long before humans started putting them in coops, so they would be alright. we do have a heat lamp and regular lights in there for them. but is putting a door on the coop and closing them in at night necessary?
     
  2. backdoorchicken

    backdoorchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    good question. i have one but the only time i close it is when i am cleaning out the coop.

    i was wondering if a small sheet or small curtain (like a doggie door) would help hold in heat or if they would not figure out how to walk through it.
     
  3. guardian1

    guardian1 Out Of The Brooder

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    that's a good question. my wife quilts and that would be easy for her to make. i'm gone for work at the time and she's busy in the morning, so she and the boys do the chicken chores in the afternoon. she's concerned she'll forget to open the door in the morning from time to time, especially if she hasn't had her coffee yet!
     
  4. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    Most predation occurs at night. Unless the run into which the opening faces is absolutely predator proof I would recommend a door. Additionally, keeping the coof draft free is vital during the winter. Without a door I don't think you could accomplish this.
     
  5. Flintrock

    Flintrock Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I have agree with OPA. But, you have to know I live where it very warm (only a few nights below freezing each year) so I am not sure my opinion is worth a great deal. Opa does have that cold to deal with, Makes sense to me.
     
  6. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    I have heard that you can teach them to push through a "curtain" but like Opa said, that would require a predator proof run.
     
  7. guardian1

    guardian1 Out Of The Brooder

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    the run is fenced in and the top of it is covered as well. our backyard is fenced as well and my dogs do an EXCELLENT job of keeping others out. those few critters (mostly groundhogs that have made the mistake of climbing the fence tend to get ... eatten.
     
  8. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    That still doesn't address the drafts. Eliminate them and you won't need heat.
     
  9. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

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    You NEED to get them a door. If not you will most likely find a lot of chickens bodies everywhere. Good question though. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2009
  10. ijon1

    ijon1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do you get good ventilation without drafts?
     

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