PVC Gate: Do you have one? [need pics]

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by AlienChick, Jun 29, 2011.

  1. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2010
    Glasgow, KY
    I want to make a simple pvc gate so that I can enter the chicken area easily.

    I currently let my chickens free range over about an acre that is fenced by cheap deer netting about 3' in height to keep the chickens inside.

    I have to hop over the netting every time I go to check on the chickens, so I would like to build a gate out of pvc (since I have some available) wide enough to bring a wheel barrow through.

    Anyone have any idea on how to make a gate out of pvc or have pics I can go by?

    Thanx a bunch!

  2. Chicken Chat

    Chicken Chat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    This is the only pic I have with me at work, it's not a close up but you can see the white pvc. I needed to keep my boys separate for awhile. I glued the pvc together, cut out some extra vinyl coated fence I had to fit, and zip tied the fence around the pvc. Zip tied it to my fence post loose so it would swing. I have three of these around the chicken area, very handy and easy to move.
  3. chickens? not yet

    chickens? not yet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2011
    Kingman, AZ.
    Very good idea!! Easy gate!!
  4. RiddleMe

    RiddleMe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2011
    Central Oregon
    Hard to explain as I haven't done it yet, so it's just an idea. But I'm going to build a pvc gate that will need to attach to the side of my coop. My plan is to use 3/4" pipe for the gate and 1" for the "hinges" to connect the gate to the coop (I have both on hand). The interior diameter of the 1" pipe is the same as the exterior diameter of the 3/4" pipe, so my plan is to cut two pieces of 1" pipe, 2-3" long, then cut away just under half of the pipe the long way. Then screw those pieces to the coop wall, snap the gate into them, and they should hold the gate and allow it to swing. Again, it should work in theory! My other thought was to just drill holes in one side of the hinge pieces instead of cutting it away, so I could screw the whole pieces to the coop and then just slide the gate piece into them before assembling the gate. I'll have to see which way is easier when I actually start building it.
  5. Doughie

    Doughie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2011
    Cache County, Utah
    I am famous in my household for my pvc creations. I have three pvc gates that serve me well. I will post photos when I get a chance, but I use the 1" pvc over 3/4" for the hinge action. Two of the gates form what my family calls, "The Chicken Airlock".
  6. ChicKat

    ChicKat Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    free on the internet:


    made by Dean Hunt of J C Designs--- He has materials list and even shows how to make a hinge. However, I think this door is more like a Hatch so you would need to adapt. I think there are also green house plans and a garage for 4-wheeler on this site, so it may be helpful.

    have fun!
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2011
  7. cook_kaka_ook

    cook_kaka_ook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 29, 2009
    Quote:Neat job! Thanks You've given me an idea.
  8. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2010
    Glasgow, KY
    Thank you, Chicken Chat, for the photo. My set up is very similar to yours.

    I do understand what you're saying, RiddleMe, and I have cut 'n pasted your "theory" into my resource file. [​IMG]

    And, Doughie, I would LOVE to see your photos. I have no clue how to do hinges out of pvc, so I thought zip ties would be an alternate way to go. But I would love to see your photos.

    ChicKat, that's an awesome website. I need a whole lot of visual explanation, so it was nice to see the plans available there. It was still difficult for me to figure out how they did the hinges since they did not really show step-by-step; but if I read it a few more times, I'd probably "get it."

    I'll post pics of my pvc gate when I'm done! [​IMG]

  9. farmerChef

    farmerChef Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2010
    Southern Georgia
    My Coop
    Here is one on my swingset coop. Used a lot of zipties. I use a bungee to keep it closed
  10. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2010
    Glasgow, KY
    A swing-set coop!

    Holy Cow! What a great idea!


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