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Installing an automatic chicken coop door opener

How to install an automatic coop door opener

I've researched several automatic chicken coop door openers and one thing they have in common is the part where you need to build your own door.

Maybe you don't have the time, tools, or skill to build a door, but still need to protect your chickens?

Jeremy at automatic chicken coop has a product that is ready to go right out of the box and was kind enough to send us one to review here.

This thing is made from high quality wood and the slider piece is coated with linseed oil for protection. It uses a proven drapery motor to lift and lower the door, which is nicely enclosed towards the top. The cost is just over 200 hundred dollars and I would call it a good deal when you consider how much time you save compared to hunting down the supplies and building it yourself. It's also nice not to go through a trial and error process working out kinks and risking more predator attacks.

Stay tuned for my field notes on its operation and how easy it was to install.

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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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