Would this type door be ok for michigan winters?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by 25 chickens, Aug 30, 2013.

  1. 25 chickens

    25 chickens In the Brooder

    Aug 2, 2013
    I am in the process of converting a standard wooden shed into a coop. It currently has the standard double doors most sheds have that are built out of the same siding that's on the walls. The doors are completely rotted out and will need to be replaced. I want to put a standard 36 inch nine lite house entry door instead of the shed doors that don't let any light in. The problem is they are expensive to buy new and I'm not having any luck finding one used. A friend offered me a storm door similar to this one from Home Depot. http://t.homedepot.com/p/EMCO-100-S...rm-Door-with-Hardware-E1SS-36X78WH/202840959/ my question is would this be warm or draft proof enough during the cold michigan winters or should I hold out for the house door?

  2. That'd be just fine. You cannot button up a coop tightly in hopes of keeping it warm. Chickens are covered with a down coat and have been kept in New England and the upper midwest for centuries, with no added heat. What they do need is fresh air and proper air exchange. The ammonia gasses of the poop must go somewhere.
  3. chfite

    chfite Songster

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    If you have a Habitat for Humanity store near, they have used doors available. The free door looks to be a good choice.

    You could make some simple doors with 2 x 4 lumber and 7/16" OSB panels painted well.

    You don't want to seal the coop too tightly. Ventilation is quite important.

  4. 25 chickens

    25 chickens In the Brooder

    Aug 2, 2013
    Yes,I already checked my local habitat restore,they didn't have any exterior doors in stock right now,just interior doors. I love that place,they have all kinds of useful stuff there.
  5. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg Songster

    Jan 27, 2013
    Northern Wisconsin
    I got a 36" insulated steel door slab for 5 bucks at Menards out of the damaged mark down section, you have to pick through to find one that isn't damaged too bad to suit your needs then build some sort of frame or jamb for it.
  6. JackE

    JackE Crowing

    Apr 26, 2010
    North Eastern Md.
    Build your own door, and save that cash. I built the outside door, plus a heavy duty screendoor for the warmer months.


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