Will chickens use a doggie door?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by RoyalCoopMom, Feb 22, 2015.

  1. RoyalCoopMom

    RoyalCoopMom Chirping

    Feb 13, 2015
    St Louis
    We are planning for 4 laying chickens this spring and building our first coop. The coop is 6'x 3.5' with 2 nest boxes hanging outside to maximize space. we will have a 5'x8' run both predator proof. Can I get away without locking the door at night and if so can I train the chickens to navigate a flexible, clear plastic doggie door? Is this enough room for 4 chickens?
  2. ChickenGoesRuff

    ChickenGoesRuff Songster

    Jan 8, 2015
    Chickens should be able to use a dog door, given that it is lightweight. The only thing I would do would be to leave it slightly propped open for the first week or so until they get used to pushing it open.
  3. cfack

    cfack In the Brooder

    Feb 20, 2015
    Springville Utah
    I have thought about finding a way to keep the weather out of the coop. A doggie door is a fantastic idea!
  4. RJSorensen

    RJSorensen Chicken George

    Don't know about a pet door, but a clear sheet of a vinyl that is cut into inch wide strips and affixed above the pop door has been shown to greatly slow down the elements. I've to get this type of pass through system on my own coops.

    Best to you and your birds,

  5. chicks2love

    chicks2love In the Brooder

    Dec 27, 2012
    Franklin County, NC
    If you go to the website www.chickenfountain.com they sell a product called "Coop Tight Automatic Poultry Door Covers." It is made to cover the pop door with plastic strips and is very easy to install on your coop. The owner of this small business is located in North Carolina and can ship his product to you.
  6. marktoo

    marktoo Songster

    My nest box has a curtain covering the opening made from the pant leg of a some old jeans. The girls don't have a problem going in or out.

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