Need Help w/door - It's done UPDATED PICS

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ~*Sweet Cheeks*~, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    Medford, Oregon
    Hi all -

    I'm new to eight ducks in the last month - three 8 wk old muscovy - two 6 wk old calls - three 6 wk old silver appleyard bantoms.

    I have them in a 12' X 24' X 6' pen that is covered by a cattle panel to create a dome for a white tarp to keep sun and rain off and the rest is covered with bird netting.

    Today I built a night time bed to lock them up in but having trouble on how to design the door. I built it out of all salvaged wood from an old fence I had taken out - 2 X 6's. I built it up on a slight slope in the corner of their pen they have been sleeping in behind a platform leaned up against the fence in the corner.

    They like to huddle together at night. I will eventually build more beds as they pair off.

    Back to the door - it slopes downhill, so won't be able to make it open side to side. I want to be able to rake it out, so don't really want a lip or board on the bottom. I'm tall, so I want to be able to get in there if need be - that's why I made it 4 1/2 ft tall.

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    The opening I need to create a door for - I still need to put welded wire on the back and right sides
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    Last edited: Aug 22, 2010
  2. TrystInn

    TrystInn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks comfy and cute, too!
     
  3. Gypsylion

    Gypsylion Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it were me, I'd make the whole side a regular, hinged "people door" (opening outwards towards the fence for easiest raking access) then cut a smaller duck-sized opening in it with a door that slides upwards (or to the side - the coop is about 2' wide, right? So if you put the 12" opening all the way to one side of the people door you'll have plenty of room for the duck door to slide sideways)...
     
  4. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    Medford, Oregon
    Thank you for the replies.

    I can't open it from the side towards the fence because it has a slope so it wouldn't open all the way. I think my only option is to hinge it at the top. I have some 1 X 3" cedar I'm going to try to make a frame and attach hardware cloth to part of it so they have light and ventilation but still be sturdy enough.

    I suck at cutting angles though, so I'm not sure how to do it. I was hoping for suggestions I hadn't thought of.
     
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    Maybe a 2-piece door. Make the bottom piece, which could be a 2x6, so you can drop it in from the top. Maybe bring a 2x6 along the sides at the bottom so it sticks out in front, cut notches about half way down, then take a 2x6 that fits across the front and cut matching notches. Then just build a swinging door above that. Takes care of your ground slope problem (adjust the level of the bottom piece by the depth of the notches or trim the piece so it is flat). Do your normal stuff through the swinging door and just lift off the bottom piece when you want to rake. It will take some field fit to get it to work, but it should be doable.

    Good luck!
     
  6. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    Medford, Oregon
    Quote:I DID IT!!!! It took me all day - but I did it all by myself. It's level and square. Two broken nails and one bump on the head.

    Thank you Ridgerunner - I wasn't exactly sure what you meant by the notches and where to put them but I did take a 2 x 6 cut to the width of the bottom opening, cut a piece out so I could then slide that notched piece down into a holder and then lift up and remove when I want to rake out the dirty straw.

    I made the door out of cedar 1 x 3's covered with hardware cloth. I suck at angles, so opted not to even try.

    I decided to hinge at the top because there was a slight gap on the bottom left side. I put the lock thingy on the bottom that holds the door snug all around.

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  7. Birdcrazy

    Birdcrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ooh very nice [​IMG]
     
  8. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    That's not exactly what I meant but what you did was even easier. Good job of taking a thought and adopting it to your situation. That should work well.
     

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