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Another automatic chicken coop door option

automatic chicken coop door takes the guess work out of building your own automatic chicken coop door opener with its complete kit for 150 dollars.

Could you build something cheaper that does the same thing? Maybe...
depending on your skill level and access to tools and supplies...and then there's the time issue. I think we all can imagine a project like this taking more hours than anticipated to get it just right.

Chances are if you are in need of such a device you want it right away before some hungry raccoon decides to make a midnight snack out of your best laying hen.

It seems like it would be worth the money, time, and emotional anguish to splurge for the door if you prevent even one attack from happening. Of course another solution is to abandon the coop concept and make your birds a chicken tractor, but I know that's just not possible for some folks.

While you're simplifying your chicken care lives, you might check out our homemade chicken waterer.Automatic chicken door

Edited to add:

After years of research, Mark eventually settled on
this automatic chicken door.

You can see a summary of the best chicken door alternatives and why he chose this version here.

If you're planning on automating your coop, don't forget to pick up one of our chicken waterers.  They never spill or fill with poop, and if done right, can only need filling every few days or weeks!

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Works great for about 5 months then stops. Call and email the company and you'll quickly learn that you were suckered out of $108.00
Comment by joe Tue Feb 7 12:36:02 2012
Thanks for sharing your experience, Joe! I'm glad we didn't end up getting that door, then. (Although I'm a bit confused --- I don't see an option listed for $108?)
Comment by anna Tue Feb 7 12:42:03 2012

One very unique homestead, $1,500 per acre, the opportunity of a lifetime