Poop-sicles blocking pop door ?!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by backintime, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. backintime

    backintime Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2008
    Northern Wisconsin
    My pop door is hinged at the bottom, and the door forms a ramp when opened. Well, the chickens are pooping all over their ramp, and it's freezing to the wood so that even a shovel won't scrape it off (it's been in the single digits for weeks). Now the door won't close and seal properly. Anybody have a better plan for a poop-free pop door in freezing climates? Maybe I'll have to leave the door/ramp down and fashion a new one that opens from the top????
  2. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2008
    Upstate NY
    I hear ya with the frozen poop! I have a window that goes to a horse stall that's hinged that way. Same problem here. I had to buy a sturdy paint scraper and chisel and scrape. That window is kept closed now.

    I think you're right about the door lifting upward or sliding upward on the inside of the building. The track wouldn't fill with with snow that way. Maybe wax the tracks so they don't freeze up from condensation? Short term maybe put a piece of rug or burlap on the ramp? Something flexible that you can lift off?
  3. Comet Mum

    Comet Mum Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 29, 2008
    Oxford, NC
    I think a door hinged at the top makes sense, IF you are willing to latch it shut. We have a guillotine style door and it has its own set of problems with litter in the grooves and a swollen door from the rain that swells the wood and makes moving the door a challenge. I am going to rework it this spring with smaller plywood to make it easier to move. In general, I like this style because it is connected to some pulleys and it is easy for me to open/close from outside the run.
  4. orcasislandchickens

    orcasislandchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2008
    I am with the lay a mat down and lift it off crowd. You could have two mats . Lift, replace, wash or scrape poo at your leasure, repeat. Maybe you could find old rubber car mats.
  5. Splash_Guard

    Splash_Guard Set Free

    Dec 3, 2008
    We have open door (approximately 14x14) to outside run, built an L-SHAPED entrance to block wind and prevent poop build up from making outside inaccessible.
  6. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2008
    Upstate NY
    That poop is gonna freeze regardless, whether under a cover or not. The window I spoke of is between a stall and a feed room inside the barn. Frozen poop and hinges are not a happy situation.
  7. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

  8. rdranch

    rdranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2007
    We started with the pop door hinged at the top and opened inside the coop. After I saw that they kept sitting on it and unlatching to close others out it was changed.

    Now it slides up and down inside the coop and any bedding that gets in the grooves is easily cleaned out with a putty knife. It does stick a little when it's wet out, but that's not a big problem in the high altitude desert we call home.[​IMG]
  9. 2468Chickensrgr8

    2468Chickensrgr8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2007
    Hubby made a poop door for the coop ...from the inside he put spacers made of wood and he put a handle on a piece of wood that was measured to fit the door opening .....so at night I just slide it in and down the wood goes...in the morning I just pull it up and off a nd lean it against the outside wall....so they dont poop on it...I dont put any roosts over the poop door...
  10. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    That's why I don't like bottom hinges that fold down into a ramp. They do that [​IMG]

    I would recommend either top hinges (and set your now-permanent ramp kind of low, so that you don't get buildup of poop on *that* to prevent the door from fully closing) or a guillotine-style sliding door. If you do the sliding door, I think the most problem-free design is to have it slide down past the door opening, 4+ inches, rather than having it butt onto a threshold.

    Good luck,


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