Need nonstandard human size door ideas

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by bbowen, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. bbowen

    bbowen Songster

    Dec 31, 2009
    Moira, NY
    I need a door aproximately 70 inches in height for the exterior human door of my coop. I believ most standard doors come in at a minimum of 80 inches.

    I need something that can seal out teh cold of our northern winters.

    Any ideas? Could I cut a door down that much?


  2. drunkdog

    drunkdog Songster

    May 15, 2010
    some solid core doors will allow for being cut that much or if you are real creative I once had to throw a door together from plywood and 1by materials after a breakin one night in the middle of the night as she lived alone and didnt feel safe and my wife was going to make me stay till morning otherwise ....that "door" was still on the house when she sold it :O
  3. HathawayHens

    HathawayHens Songster

    Apr 14, 2010
    DeLand, FL
    You could frame your own door out of 2x4s, and then put plywood on both side of it... could even stuff it with old grocery bags for insulation if needed... we just built two of our own doors out of 2x4s, let me know if you want or need pics. One is covered with one sheet of T1-11, one is a screen door (we live in FL)
  4. El Naked Neck

    El Naked Neck Songster

    Jan 23, 2010
    Quote:yea i live in fl, and this is one of my doors, you can put plywood on both sides. [​IMG]
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  5. Minniechickmama

    Minniechickmama Senora Pollo Loco 8 Years

    Sep 4, 2009
    If you want an insulated door, the sandwich a sheet of rigid foam between two plywood sheets with 1X board for framing the door. That should be good, and not too heavy depending on the thickness you use of the plywood. Part of the strategy is to put the door on the side that does not get the prevailing winds or open so that the wind zips right in when you open it, if possible. I live in Minnesota and my chicken were in a 2X4 framed mini coop that only had 1/4"siding for the shell and some strawy bales set around the base. They had a heat light on once it hit zero too, but they made it through the winter just fine. I would even open their little door on days it stayed above zero so they could get out if they wanted, which they usually didn't. The real problem is keep the water from freezing when the heater for their waterer stops working [​IMG]
    Good luck, at least you have the summer to get it made before that October snow starts flying. [​IMG]
  6. Your local landfill may provide a solid wood door for free- ours provides that service and then you can cut it to size...[​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2010
  7. froggie71

    froggie71 Songster

    Apr 18, 2009
    Shamong, NJ
    We live in NJ, but had quite a bit of snow this year. Our door is just made out of plywood, then painted with exterior paint. All of our chickens survived the winter.

  8. Kenny_Berlin

    Kenny_Berlin In the Brooder

    Dec 20, 2009
    Berlin Germany
    try a mobilhome door they are somewhat smaller than a standard door

  9. thefamilyflock

    thefamilyflock Songster

    Mar 21, 2010
    East Granby CT
    Try a recycled building materials or salvage store near you. They typically have all sorts of sizes and most are older solid wood doors that can be cut down to your specific needs. And best of all they are usually very inexpensive. Good Luck![​IMG]

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