What direction does you coop door face?

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

  1. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    South, along with two windows. Vents east and west, large door faces east.

    Our three sided lean to in pasture has it's opening facing east so I can see into it from the houseveasily.
     
  2. AinaWGSD

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    My pop door faces north and the maintenance doors (one whole wall of the coop opens up) face east. I have windows on the east, south, and west sides. My doors are positioned as such simply due to the fact that that is where we had room to put them. During the winter, I wrap the north and west sides of the run in tarp and stack straw bales along the south and west sides of the coop (my coop is elevated 2ft up) as well as using straw bales to hold down the tarps. Seems to keep the girls happy. With solid privacy fencing you probably won't get strong enough winds to make a huge difference in which way is best for the coop door. If you are concerned, you could always wrap one or two sides of your run to provide a wind block for your chickens. You could also use straw bales to make a wind block just in front of the door, although it looks like your run is a little small for that. Looking at your coop, I would probably face the door south if possible to take advantage of the sun's warmth in the winter. In the summer you could rotate it so that the door faces north if you get very warm.
     
  3. GeneJordan

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    My Chicken Door is west, and People Door is east... Vent to the north, and solid wall facing south (where hurricanes come from). The roof angles west to east with overhangs over the doors.
     
  4. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller

    Quote:The only difinitave answer I can give you is... It depends.

    On a lot of things determines the orientation of a coop. I live in the Pacific South west.... Near the Sea of Cortes (by about 70-90 miles). Our prevailing winds breathe from north east to south west.... Back and forth. Sometimes deferring from daytime to night time. And often times over fourty miles per hour. Ideally the doors for me would be facing north and the doors for the chickens would be facing south. Unfortunately the orientaton of the back yard makes the doors for the chickens or Pop doors best oriented to the east. So the best way to do my access and chicken access is to minimize the amount of weather effect. Chicken doors small facing a prevailing wind location.... people doors large facing a less active direction.

    so sorry it really depends on your weather and micro climate needs. The only person that can give you an answer that you can trust will be the neighbor who has had chickens quite a while. Barring good neighbor input any local egg farm or hatchery should be able to give you an answer to suit your needs. You can always minimize effect of a wrongly positioned door by making an airlock for people or doing a dogleg pop door access for the chickens.
     
  5. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

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    We live in a cold climate that gets a lot of snow. The north side of the coop has a solid wall. The pop door and a window are on the south side, where it will be sheltered in the winter.

    We put the people door and a couple of small windows on the west side. This is the side closest to the house, so it makes it convenient for the door. The east side has the big windows that are always open in warm weather.
     
  6. ARose4Heaven

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    Mine both have people door on the North, Chickie door on the South.

    The smaller coop will be changing this week when we move it. Too much snow and cold blow round that people door. It is changing to East/West.
     
  7. Needycowgirl

    Needycowgirl In the Brooder

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    THANKS Everyone for your input! [​IMG]

    Last year the door faced east and I wasnt sure I liked it. This year we did a rebuild and modification on my little coop set up so I figured GREAT time to move it...I think I will try with the door facing south for a bit. The chickys are getting more house and a much bigger run so I just want them as happy as they can be! [​IMG]
     
  8. B'villechicken

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    Chicken door south,people door north.
     
  9. Newbie in Screamer Al

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  10. BarefootMom

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    People door faces EAST

    Chicken door faces South

    Most bad weather comes from the west or the North.

    currently the people door is also the chicken door though since the chicken door's hinges broke [​IMG]
     

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