Super basic question: why a pop door?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by amk3000, May 17, 2009.

  1. amk3000

    amk3000 Out Of The Brooder

    May 6, 2009
    NE PA
    I'm almost embarrassed to ask, because it seems to be totally taken for granted that a coop needs a pop door, but why? Can't you just open the main door to let the chicks in and out?
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    That's what I do. I have a pop door but only open it for extra ventilation.
  3. FlashPointFarm

    FlashPointFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 24, 2009
    You sure can! I think it depends more on how people's coops are set up.

    You just want to be careful on a windy day so the chicks don't get slammed by the door.

    I have a big pole building with separate breeding pens. Daily, I let each breed out to graze separately. I herd them in and out with a stick and a dressage whip to help guide them, just waving them behind the chickens to get them in or out.
  4. FlashPointFarm

    FlashPointFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 24, 2009
    And don't be embarrased about any questions. This is a place to learn.
  5. Equus5O

    Equus5O Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Dressage whips are such multi-purpose tools! I use mine when I ride the ATV to keep the dog at bay. Nice to learn another use for one! The lunge whip comes in handy, too LOL
  6. CTChickenMom

    CTChickenMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 5, 2009
    SE Connecticut
    At this time, I can't let my chicks free range due to a neighboring predator. By having a pop door into an enclosed run, the girls can come and go as they choose. The door will be covered by the roof over the run. I also have a dog that would love to get into the hen house and eat poo so I couldn't leave the door open for them even if they could free range.
  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Two advantages of a popdoor: hawks etc are less likely to follow a chicken indoors, and when you have nasty weather a popdoor keeps the coop drier and warmer.

    but if you live in an always super nice climate and are not particularly worried about predators, sure, just tie the people door open if you prefer [​IMG]

  8. m2wandc

    m2wandc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    we know some people that had a small barn and they opened the big doors each morning and closed them each night (had converted the barn into a coop...sooo the pop door isn't required...I always thought it was so larger animals couldn't get in??? But I'm new to this chicken thing... LOL [​IMG]

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