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DIY chicken barrier/dog door

home made dog door from recycled carpet



There's a small piece of 1x1 attached to the bottom edge of the carpet for weight.

We will soon find out if chickens are smart and or strong enough to push through.

Lucy figured it out in 10 minutes once we involved a chunk of Milk Bone.



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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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Great idea, I hope it works. I'd bet it would keep our flock in, including our big rooster.
Comment by Krisann Sat Mar 3 08:17:40 2012
I'm hoping so too! If it keeps the chickens in but lets Lucy through, we will have solved the problem of Lucy gnawing holes in the pasture fences to expedite getting from point A to point B.
Comment by anna Sat Mar 3 12:11:20 2012
Its been a while, how is this working for you?
Comment by Irma Sat Oct 20 05:51:32 2012
Irma --- I'm sad to say that even though Lucy learned this while we were training her, she never worked it into her repertoire. The gnawed access holes to let her through the chicken moats continue to pop up every month or so. Back to the drawing board....
Comment by anna Sun Oct 21 09:49:36 2012
I love Lucy's face in that bottom photo! The intensity in her eyes is amazing, and she's so happy. Great picture. Hope the new dog door works out (I mean the 2013 version, not the 2012 version).
Comment by Kathi Mon Apr 1 23:29:42 2013





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