Pop Doors, without the door?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by DutchieWannabe, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. DutchieWannabe

    DutchieWannabe Out Of The Brooder

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    I am using a converted tool shed for my coop. I cut a "pop door" but I never added an actual door for protection etc. , and the chickens seem fine it. So far I have had Zero problems with predators. Do I still need to add an actual door, not just an opening? what about during winter?
     
  2. MistyValley

    MistyValley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know where you are located. However if you are in a colder climate you would want a door to close during winter to stop cold updrafts. I leave my pop door to the run open in the summer just for the added air circulation. In winter I shut that door at night to stop up drafts. That's just my two cents.
     
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I don't have a pop door, just a hole. Mine opens into a secure run. Nothing bigger than a rat can get in. During the rare cold weather we get, or extreme wind; I put a yard table over the hole to block it.

    Imp

    BTW- I like your avatar.
     
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  4. swimmer

    swimmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do the same. If it's a chilly night, I close the door. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, just something to keep out the drafts. I have just a door that slides shut.
     
  5. DutchieWannabe

    DutchieWannabe Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks all. Ill start plannign for something that I can cover the door when its too cold/ at nights

    @MistyValley- I live in Boise Idaho, Weather = Hot (90's-100's) and dry in summer, and cold (nights regulary freezing or below) in the winter.

    @Imp- Thanks... I have a love affair with all things Amsterdam [​IMG]... and now, chickens too! [​IMG]
     
  6. saxet

    saxet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG] Then we must assume you stole that bicycle (good Amsterdam tradition) and will harbor Barnevelders, Welsummers, and Dutch banties? [​IMG]
     
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  7. Rockerchic

    Rockerchic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also am new to chickens, and just finished my coop last week. I did put in a pop door on simple hinges with a hook to hold it shut, should I ever want to. Last night was the first night that I put all 4 hens in the coop and shut the doors. Whe I got up this morning they were all out again, on their own. I like that they can push the doors open if they need to get out.[​IMG]
     
  8. Lifestyle Lift Journey

    Lifestyle Lift Journey Out Of The Brooder

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    opening the door for the chickens and not the others hey? Good idea.
    A simple trick like a drink bottle and an attached string to hang around the door can keep the door shut when chickens are not going through the door.
    Just fill the drink bottle with water or sand to make it heavy enough to close the door, but not too heavy for chicken to push through.
     
  9. DutchieWannabe

    DutchieWannabe Out Of The Brooder

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    ~Then we must assume you stole that bicycle (good Amsterdam tradition) and will harbor Barnevelders, Welsummers, and Dutch banties? ~

    @Saxet, only the picture of THAT bike was stolen [​IMG] and yes Barnevelders, Welsummers and Dutch Banties are on my dream list.

    U been to the Netherlands?
     
  10. saxet

    saxet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG] You could say that. (lived there and have a similar bike in my shed right now, though not yellow but a boring black)
    I am personally attracted to (golden) lakenvelders (Vorwerk) but since I have never seen those over there (contrary to the others on the above list) I am not too sure if they would count under all things Dutch. [​IMG]
     

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