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.


Building Inexpensive Chicken Coops

Whether you are looking to raise chickens for food or raise them as a pet, you’ll need to build a chicken coop.  When it comes to building one, it all depends on your budget and what you want in a chicken coop.  If you want to raise chicken but are on a tight budget, you will want to look in the most inexpensive way to build a chicken coop, right?  Luckily for you, it’s possible to build one on a budget.

For most people especially novice, you will probably be thinking of buying one that’s built already.  A chicken house isn’t like a bird house or a dog house.  It’s more work involve in it than just slapping a woods together.  It requires a roosts and nest inside the house with proper ventilation.  Because of this, it’s isn’t cheap to find one.  Your only other option would be to build one yourself!

Building a chicken coup will be not as easy as building a dog house or a bird house, but it will be much cheaper than buying one. In addition, it can be a great project to do with your entire family.

If you have never built a chicken coop before, the idea of just planning it is scary.  Well, there is no need to fear as there are many great chicken coop plans available. You can find them online or at a craft store.  Each plan comes with full detailed instructions and materials you will need to buy to build a chicken coop. Some are available for free and some charges a small fee.  From my personal experience, I would recommend a paid plan as it is more detail oriented. The free plans are less informative and the directions might be harder to follow especially for novice.  However, if you can understand the basic, it should not be an issues following the instructions and building a coop.

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Since you are looking to build the chicken coup inexpensive as possible, you will want to use the cheapest wood available.  OSB woods is an engineered wood and much cheaper than plywood.  However, it doesn’t tend to last as long as plywood would. You can still find good quality woods by going to your local home improvement stores and buying off cuts or used timber that the store have.  If one store doesn’t have used timbers, try to go to different stores and buy them.  Who knows, by the end of your fifth visit to different stores, you’ll have enough timbers to start your project.


If you still can’t find quality woods to use to build a chicken coup, another option would be to buy cheap woods and coat them with water-resistance paint.  Quality woods will prevent the wood from being damaged by water and other outdoors element. By coating the woods with water-resistance paint, you’ll have a sturdy and weatherproof chicken house.

As for other materials that you will need such as nails to hold the woods together, shingles or tins for the roof, and screens to keep predators out, they are cheap to buy.  Keep in mind that when buying these materials, you will not want to buy materials that last only for a week.  So if it’s a couple dollar more expensive, buy it since it will last longer.  For example, there are certain type of tins that last only for a short period of time because of the material used to build it.  So be sure to research the materials carefully before buying it or it’ll end up costing you more later on.  These are the basic materials you will need beside woods and having a plan will be more descriptive on what you will need.

As you can see, building a cheap chicken coup is possible.  You will just need to do more leg work and require more of your time going around searching for materials and other supplies, but in the end it’s worth every penny!