Building a Screen Door for a Chicken Coop

Temperatures here in Central Texas have been brutal this summer. I have been getting up at 5am so I can get all my outside chores done before 9 am, while it’s still a cool 90 degrees. But, while I am cooling off in the AC, our animals are making the best of it out in the heat where it can get over 105 degrees in the afternoon. Thankfully, the chickens have handled the heat pretty well. Their run is in the shade, and gets plenty of breeze, so that helps a lot. Since they regulate their temperature through their feet we keep a shallow tub filled with water for them in their run. They like to hop in and splash around for a quick cool off in the afternoons.

Keeping a tub filled with water in their run allows them to cool off during the hottest part of the day.

While they seemed to be doing well while out in the run, they appeared to be getting over heated in their coop. Even with fans in the windows for circulation it was just too hot when they went in to lay their eggs, so Kendall decided to install a screen door for added ventilation.

Kendall is very capable of building a screen door, but after pricing material, he decided to buy a pre-made one and replace the screen with wire. This sped up the amount of time it took, and made it a fun two day project that he did with Colton, our youngest son.

Supplies List

  • Screen door
  • 1″ X 1/2″ wire mesh (sometimes called hail screen)
  • 3/4″ galvanized stapes (U-nails) – one lb box
  • spray paint (2-3 cans)
  • screen door hinge kit

How to Convert a Screen Door for Your Chicken Coop

  • Remove the insect screen from the door. The original mesh screen is easily torn, so it will not hold up against chickens pecking and scratching it. More importantly, it will not offer any protection against predators, so replacing it with a heavy wire screen will allow for ventilation and keep them safe at the same time.
  • Lay your metal mesh wire over the back of the door. After you have it centered where you want it, use wire snips to cut it down to size. Make sure to leave enough overlap to allow you to tack the wire to the back of the door.
  • After you have the metal cut down to fit the size of your door you can use clamps to hold it in place while you hammer it down.
  • After you have firmly secured the wire with clamps you are ready to begin nailing it down. We used galvanized staples (U shape nails) to tack it down about every three inches.
  • Tacking down the edges and the inner framework adds stability and strength to the finished product.
  • Once everything is nailed down, you are ready to paint it. We used some leftover spray cans from a previous project. If you want to keep the wire its original color you would need to paint the door before tacking it on, but I think it turned out really cute with everything painted green.
  • Rust-oleum covers really well, so we would have been fine with two coats, but Kendall went ahead and added a third coat since this door will be getting a lot of traffic.
  • After we let the door completely dry overnight, we added the handle and hinges.

I think the finished result turned out really cute, and the chickens LOVE it!!

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