Will chickens go through a flap like a dog door??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Winter, Apr 10, 2008.

  1. Winter

    Winter In the Brooder

    Apr 2, 2008
    I was wondering if in winter the chickens would go in and out of the coop through a plastic flap like on a dog door. I thought it would be a good way to preserve warmth in the coop but still allowing them access during the day to the run?
  2. coloradochick

    coloradochick Songster

    Dec 19, 2007
    Brighton, CO
    Good question Winter, we were wondering the same thing. [​IMG]
  3. flakey chick

    flakey chick Songster

    May 3, 2007
    I've heard some people put plastic or burlap curtains over their nest boxes.
  4. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    I have curtains over my nest boxes to block out light as my girls won't lay well if there is too much light in the boxes, works like a charm. Some people use the heavy clear shelf liner on their pop doors, start with a strip on each side till they get used to it then add strips till you get it covered.
  5. JSC

    JSC In the Brooder

    Mar 28, 2008
    Union, Mo.
    The wife (JSC)was talking to me about this very thing last week. She wanted me to put a pet door on their "pop" hole. Then it would have the slide in part to lock them in at night. [​IMG]

    JSC's Hubby [​IMG]
  6. GopherBoyFarms

    GopherBoyFarms Songster

    Mar 18, 2008
    Vancouver WA
    Oh I cant wait to show off the pics of the "pop door" that GopherBoy has invented to put in our chicken house!! We are taking step by step pics of it so as soon as its in we will post the pics.
  7. JSC

    JSC In the Brooder

    Mar 28, 2008
    Union, Mo.
    Definitely like to see that![​IMG]
  8. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

    Jul 5, 2007
    Sevier County, TN
    Quote:I was describing this to DH last night, as we discussed the swingset coop and what we'll do to winterize it!
  9. warren

    warren Songster

    Sep 29, 2007
    My two have observed the cat coming and going through his cat flap and peck at it quite violently. I am sure that they would be in if it did not have a magnetic lock.
  10. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Songster

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    My birds have rubber strips that I placed over the Pop Hole OPening, to help keep the snow, rain and wind out. Works great and the chickens dont mind. The key is, they have to be able to see whats on the other side, or they wont go through.




    Last edited: Apr 10, 2008

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