Question about coop door

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by silkie4, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. silkie4

    silkie4 In the Brooder

    Jun 19, 2011
    Eastern Nebraska
    Our coop is raised about 2 feet off the ground and is approx 4x6. We usually leave the main door to the coop open during the day so the chickens can go in/out as they wish (the coop is enclosed by a 6 foot chain link fence). During the cold weather should we put some plastic or something in the opening that they would have to walk thru to get outside. We live in Nebraska and it can get quite cold here in the winter. The coop door faces the south so shouldn't have too much wind going directly into coop but don't want the chickens to freeze either. It rained and snowed today and all seemed to be fine, the chickens didn't come out of the coop at all.

    First winter with chickens and really would like to still have them all next spring, so any input would be appreciated!

  2. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Songster

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
    If the door is covered what help do you think that would offer? Will it stop a wind tunnel? Are the girls subjected to wind or draft now? What I am getting at is they can take the cold and plenty of it but if you believe that the plastic sheet will help make them more comfortable then do it but there has got to be a reason. I hope its not this cold [​IMG] [​IMG]

    [​IMG] to the BYC
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2011
  3. mtnhens4

    mtnhens4 Chirping

    Mar 12, 2011
    Western NC
    Do you have a pop door (small chicken door) that you can leave open instead of the big door? then at least you would know that they could come and go without getting snow in your coop:oops:

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