Sliding chicken door

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by gootziecat, May 22, 2010.

  1. gootziecat

    gootziecat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 27, 2007
    Hampshire Co, WV
    Hi Everybody,

    I've been looking over henhouse designs and note sliding chicken doors are popular. What are the advantages of these over the hinged doors? Thanks.

  2. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

    Mar 17, 2010
    Western Washington
  3. gootziecat

    gootziecat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 27, 2007
    Hampshire Co, WV
    Thanks, Dogfish. I appreciate the answer and pixs. I'll have to look into them more carefully.
  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I converted my track door to an auto door. Mine does not lock. When we first built the coop, we went with a sliding/track door because it was easy to set up on a pulley system to open/close from outside the coop and run. That was something I really wanted. Here's a shot of how it looked/worked before we converted it to an auto. door. The wire along the top exited the coop housing, and would be clipped in open or closed position.

  5. HarryBun12

    HarryBun12 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 28, 2009
    Sorry no pictures, but I have to say the same as Dogfish. The security and the ability to add an automatic opener. I just completed my second small coop and included the same automatic opener as my first coop using a car antenna. What a lifesaver in the winter not having to run out in the freezing weather at 6:00 am. If you have any inclination to do that sort of setup, it's worth the 40 or 50 dollar investment. Also, for me I made the sliding door out of thick plexiglass to act as an additional window when closed.
  6. shocksystems

    shocksystems Out Of The Brooder

  7. The Lazy L

    The Lazy L Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2011
  8. Linn Bee

    Linn Bee Chillin' With My Peeps

    I made my coop with a door hinged on top. Easy to open and close as long as the weather was nice. I later made an inside, sliding door for the coop. I find it much easier to use, much warmer to use, much easier to secure (since chickens aren't working the locks to get out) from predators. All these pluses and without an automatic feature . . . yet.

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