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Automatic chicken coop door safety

This automatic chicken coop door design is called the up swing version for obvious reasons.

You can get the complete kit from a guy named Jeremy for around 135 dollars which includes an adjustable timer.

I like the way the movement goes out, which seems less risky than the guillotine like action of most automatic chicken coop doors. 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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I think an animal like a raccoon or a fox wouldn't have any trouble getting past this type of door.
Comment by zimmy Fri Jul 2 22:04:32 2010
That's a very good point! I tend to ignore predator problems because Lucy keeps us so safe, but I know that for many people that's the hardest part of chicken-keeping.
Comment by anna Sat Jul 3 10:15:58 2010


Our doors are made of five ply which are heavier and once closed predators have now way of getting through the door. Since the day we started selling the doors there has not been any reports of anything ever defeating or getting through the doors.

If you were to have someone add an Automatic Chicken Coop Door onto your chicken coop chances are it is our door. Many stores and coop contractors buy our doors in bulk because they are easy to install (average 15min), great quality(made by master carpenters with the best lumber), and no tinkering needed(all doors are tested and adjusted before leaving our facility).

We even sell them all over the world, coming up against every type of predator there is and still our doors stand up to their name of their good security and excellent quality. Australia, Italy, Czech Republic, Canada, Mexico, Alaska, These are some of the places that our doors still to this day since the day they were purchased are displaying their extremely great quality as they come up against every predator and weather condition there is that this world has to offer.

If you want to be one of the many that protect their chickens or you just don't like having to get up early every morning to let the "girls" out/always worried if they are put up for the night, you should get an Automatic Chicken Coop Door. If you are worried about the door after opening it, send it back for a refund. You have nothing to loose but a lot to gain.

Jeremy Smith

Automatic Chicken Coop Door

Comment by Jeremy Smith Tue Aug 2 11:45:04 2011
We're definitely sold on the workmanship now that we've had one to play with. Thanks, Jeremy!
Comment by anna Tue Aug 2 15:19:49 2011

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