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Brood coop mounting details

Brood coop observation front view

How does one mount a dryer door so that it stays put?

Neil Johnson, Memphis, TN

I started by securing pieces of 2x4 to the bottom, and then drilled holes in the metal above which allowed for a medium sized dry wall screw to bite all the way down.

The sides had a groove that was just big enough to shove a 1x1 into. Same deal with drilling holes in the metal and then using dry wall screws to attach while going through the side plywood and plexiglass.

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And of course a picture of Colonel Saunders to make sure the chicks are aware of their fate.... :D I just don't know why he is upside down...
Comment by Eric in Japan Sun Feb 26 16:54:07 2012
the KFC sticker is a nice touch lol!
Comment by Phil Sun Feb 26 18:05:48 2012

Eric --- He was right side up in the first incarnation of the drier door, but I wanted the opening to be close to the ground to make it easy for chicks to hop up... :-)

Phil --- That's probably why I like the dryer door so much.

Comment by anna Sun Feb 26 20:49:15 2012

We first installed this dryer door in a chicken tractor so we could get easy access to the nest where the eggs are laid, so it made sense to have it up off the ground. This new incarnation works better with the door down low, which will eventually have a ramp when the chicks are old enough to go outside.

It's not quite a sticker. I was at a friends house who ordered a bucket of chicken and thought maybe I should cut out the picture of the Colonel and glue it on the new chicken tractor. I'm actually surprised it's not more faded since it's been several years outside now.

Comment by mark Sun Feb 26 20:55:07 2012
Love the Colonel Sanders touch :-)
Comment by Krisann Mon Feb 27 11:26:35 2012
Krisann --- It never stops making us smile. We sure have gotten a lot of mileage out of that reused piece of paper!
Comment by anna Mon Feb 27 15:28:36 2012

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