Screw myself out of deep litter?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kira782, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. kira782

    kira782 Out Of The Brooder

    May 18, 2011
    Littleton, Colorado
    It's amazing. No matter how long and hard I thought about all the little details I wanted my coop ( to have I still forgot to raise the pop door so I can do deep litter! Currently it sits flush with the ground and measures 13" x 16". The opening is framed in place so moving it is more trouble than it is worth. If I put a 6" board in front of it will my large breed chickens be able to squeeze through a 10" high opening? I'm new to chickens and can't quite grasp of how big a full grown one is or how they maneuver!
  2. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

    May 25, 2007
    SW Wisconsin
    No big deal. They still go through the opening. Our hens will sneak through under a 3" to 4" gap. Later, if you think it's too much of a bottleneck, just remove the board. Yes, some litter will spill out, no big deal.
  3. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    We did the same thing! The door is flush with the floor and we have pine in the run always. I guess when someone asks the question..."what would you change if you were to build your coop over" we know what to tell them!
  4. Mia_

    Mia_ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2011
    South Puget Sound
    I am new to chickens, but last week I had to increase the door from 10" to 12" (or was it 12" to 14"?) because they were rubbing their backs on the top of the door. At that point, the chickens were 6 weeks old. I should say that they are CornishX, but I expect my Dark Cornish to at least be that size when full grown.

    I need to do some research but, could you not put so much litter in front of the door? Like make a little ramp of littler inside the door? If you are doing shavings, I would think the chickens would be swimming in it, but I think for straw, it would work well.
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I've had my 10.5 lb rooster squeeze his fat butt through a 7x9 inch nest box hole, 10x13 is plenty large for the birds to get in and out of.
  6. fireguy56

    fireguy56 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 2, 2010
    Slidell, Louisiana
    Hey, They will get thru. Not to worry. When they are ready to get out, they'll get out.
  7. kira782

    kira782 Out Of The Brooder

    May 18, 2011
    Littleton, Colorado
    I think I just answered my own question! If I build an interior barrier like this using 4x6s that should give the chickens enough room to hop down and out right? Can anyone think of a downside to this approach?

  8. Farmer_Dan

    Farmer_Dan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2010
    Quote:4 X 6's ? --- downsides = Weight & wood cost. -- I would probably opt for 1X6 fencing boards.
  9. kira782

    kira782 Out Of The Brooder

    May 18, 2011
    Littleton, Colorado
    Sorry, I meant 2x6, my brain isnt working! I have a spare one from the roof I believe.
  10. Tracyree

    Tracyree Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2011
    I think that's a great solution, thats what I was going to suggest.

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