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Chickens learning to use a regular dog door?

shoring up the chicken coop
Turkin chicken is cute and handsome

The ground got a good soaking last night, which prompted us to clear the weeds from one of the chicken pastures so we can spread out some seeds and take advantage of this recent wet cycle.

We then shored up chicken coop number one by closing off some of the holes. Once we get it secured the plan is to move the new automatic chicken coop door opener over to this coop which will make that vulnerable sleeping time a little bit safer.

Maybe an alternative to an automatic chicken coop door opener is a simple dog door with a locking solenoid? A timer could control when it's time to lock up at night, and maybe an electromagnet could be used to crack the door open in the morning to encourage the flock that it's time to push through. I guess the question is can a chicken learn to open a pet door all by themselves?



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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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