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Elegant automatic chicken coop door design

Phillip Reed's elegant chicken door design
Our pre-made automatic chicken coop door is coming up on its one year anniversary next month and is still going strong.

I noticed a new DIY approach this morning from Phillip Reed that captures my attention for multiple reasons.

1. Parts are common and low cost.
2. Design seems solid, safe, and long lasting.
3. He offers detailed instructions in Ebook or paperback.

In my opinion Jeremy at is still the best option for those who want an out of the box solution that is ready to go in minutes, but the above design might be a good place to start for those do it yourselfers who have a little extra time to tinker on such a project. I would imagine Phillip Reed's instructions could end up saving 4 or 5 hours of trial and error depending on building skills. 

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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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