What direction does you coop door face?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Needycowgirl, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. Needycowgirl

    Needycowgirl In the Brooder

    Feb 27, 2011
    Spokane Valley
    I have been looking online for an answer but so far no solid answer that I trust.
    I have a small coop with one door and 2 narrow windows on the top. My question is what is the best way to face the front door?
    I live in the Pacific Northwest...so we get pretty cold/wet winters and hot/dry summers.

    Thanks for any and all help!
  2. oldchickenlady

    oldchickenlady Songster

    May 9, 2010
    Cabot, AR
    Do you mean the chicken door (pop door) or the people door? My chicken door faces south as well as my run door, but the people door faces north.
  3. they'reHISchickens

    they'reHISchickens Songster

    Oct 31, 2008
    In the east here, all animal doors face south if at all possible. Bad weather usually hits from the west or east.
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  4. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    My coop door faces Outward.................... sorry just couldn't pass that one up LOL.

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  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    In Utah it faced south.

    Here, it faces north.
  6. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    One door faces south, one faces north. Wasn't my idea though, we basically turned the building into a coop, as it has been here since before we moved to this place.
  7. Chicken Boo

    Chicken Boo Songster

    Jul 16, 2008
    Glenn Dale, MD
    Coop to the run and people door face north. Windows face south and west. Prevailing winds from the west so I do not want a door that I leave open or a window I cannot close facing that way.
  8. debid

    debid Crowing

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    Which direction are your prevailing winds?

    Here, spring/fall storms roll in from the west most of the time with the wettest stuff coming from the southwest. Icy winter winds come from the north. The wind almost never comes from the east and since that's also where the sun rises, I would ideally have the doors/windows on that side. That's the direction most of my little birdhouses face. However, because we have to put the chickens in a certain area, our options are limited by the location and we'll end up with the doors and windows due north and south and the chicken door to the west. It's a pretty sheltered area so I'm hoping it's OK and I guess I can always add some wind barrier to the run if I need more.
  9. Needycowgirl

    Needycowgirl In the Brooder

    Feb 27, 2011
    Spokane Valley
    Ok so the problem is that my backyard creates a bit of a swirl when it comes to wind. Due to the fences around it and the area I live. My chicken coop is a little barn style with a door for the chickys and the roof on either side lifts up. There are small windows that run down the sides.

    Here's a pic from last year.

  10. LaurelRidgeDreams

    LaurelRidgeDreams Songster

    Jan 23, 2010
    Mountains of NC
    People door faces east and pop door south.

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