Building A Chicken Coop Door

If you are planning to build a chicken coop, you will also need to build a chicken coop door.  What is so important about the door you might ask.  Well, a door isn’t an option you can choose to have or not, but a must for all coops.  Having a door will help keep your chicken safe from danger such as predators and mother nature.  Building a door for your coop isn’t hard, it’s really simple. Probably one of the most simplest item for the chicken coop.

Chicken coop door is nothing more than a couple of pieces of woods nailed together and attached to the opening of the chicken coop.  Depending on the size of your coup, you might have one or more doors.  A small coop with one door will be sufficient.  A large coop will require at least two doors so it will be easy for the chickens to get in and out off.  Also, if there is danger nearby, the chickens can get into the coop quickly.

Doors comes in the option of being manual or automatic. Most doors will be manual open and close.  That means you will have to open and close the door yourself.  Manual doors are easier to fix and maintain if it should need repair.  On the other hand, automatic doors will make your life easier as it will open and close by itself.  However, it will cost money if it needs to be repaired.

If you are in the market for automatic doors, there are a many places you can buy from.  Before buying one, make sure to do your research to see what’s included, the size of it, and the quality of it.  I recommend not choosing any that are cheap because it will  cost more in the long run.  Most automatic door openers will be anywhere from $50 to $300.  Here’s a link to buy one from Amazon:  Automatic Chicken Coop Door Opener.

Another important feature for the door is the door lock.  You need a lock to keep your chicken safe inside the coop.  Some predators like a fox knows how to open a door to the chicken coop. A lock doesn’t cost much and you can buy a simple one from any home improvement store.  If you have an automatic door opener, most doors will come with a lock already installed.  If it doesn’t, you will need to get the lock from the company that manufactured the door.

The chicken coop door doesn’t have to be pretty, but it needs to be sturdy enough to handle the loads from being opened and closed everyday.  Using high quality wood will be sturdy enough for everyday uses.  When using nails to hold the wood together, use high quality nails, preferable stainless steel nails to prevent rust.  Screws can also be used to hold the wood together.

The size of the door will need to be considered as well.  The size of the door will be up to you.  You can make the door as small or large as you want, but keep in mind the chickens are going in and out of it everyday so make sure the door is large enough for them to go in and out of.  Some people like to build a door that is large enough where they can stick their body into. This will help with cleaning and maintenance inside the chicken coop and much more easier than just being able to reach in with just your arms.

As you can see, the door for the chicken coop is very important when building a chicken coop. So keep that in mind and you will never have to worry about your chickens being eaten by predators.


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