1. Dooner

    Dooner Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2011
    Those of ou who used plexiglass or similar material for a pop door that slis p and down in a track. What did you use for the grooved track?
  2. clairabean

    clairabean Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2010
    Kootenays of BC!
    Two strips of wood = track. Easy schmeasy.
  3. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

  4. rpchris

    rpchris Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 27, 2011
    Saint Louis, MO
    Use a table saw or a router and cut a 1/2 inch groove in the side of a 2x2 or 2x4.
  5. simplynewt

    simplynewt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2011
    My Coop
    I was wondering the same thing and after a considerable amount of time looking in Lowes for something that would work, I am thinking about having a hindged door.
    I do not own a table saw but I suppose I could take 2 - 2 x 4's and screw them together - offset from each other or I have some deck boards left over from the deck project that probably would work better and screw them together in tyhe same fasion.
  6. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    We have a hinged door now. I'm looking forward to being able to shut the door without going in the run once we finish the new coop with the sliding door. I don't want to be messing with putting on my boots every night in the snow and ice.
  7. Noymira

    Noymira Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2011
    Chittenden County, VT
    We have two pop doors into our coop, hinged from the bottom and latch from the outside. I definitely want something different for winter. The hinges and space between the door and coop get filled up with shavings, dirt and other stuff which I need to clean out every night before I can close them. [​IMG] I think with snow and ice caked on them it will be impossible to close.

    The plexi and sliding track sounds interesting, or I was thinking some doors hinged on the inside that swing sideways, rather than up or down. My two pop doors are rather large, 20 inches wide by about 16 inches tall.
  8. CupOJoe42

    CupOJoe42 CT Chicken Whisperer

    Apr 11, 2011
    Can you put a piece of wood (2 x 6) across between the floor and the pop door to hold the shavings in? If you don't have a router, maybe you can disassemble a picture frame or framed mirror and use the wood along with a metal sign as a guillotine-style pop door? My coop is still in the process of being built, so I will be trying to figure this out too. (see BYC Page)
  9. Noymira

    Noymira Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2011
    Chittenden County, VT
    Quote:I like that idea, especially with an interesting metal sign!
  10. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    Quote:We have a hinged door with an eyebolt at the bottom. There is a rope from that eyebolt to a pulley attached to the roof overhang (above the top of the run). The rope then goes to the edge of the roof, through a second pulley, and down to a carabiner. To open the door, you pull on the rope and hook the carabiner to the run. To close it, you unlatch the carabiner and let the door drop. The rope just hangs there loose at night. Easy-peasy! We used a spring hinge so it's closed pretty tight when it's shut -- no need to lock it.

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