I recently got into the chicken business with the intent to sell eggs to our friends and customers of our horse boarding facility. Where I chose to build my coop is in a remote area of the property not close to the house or the barn complex but in a location that has power and water. I wired the goop and installed receptacles and lights. The coop is 8x12 with 15 nesting boxes and an outside 20x50 lot. Being that it is varmint country I designed to coop and outside run area to keep the varmints at bay by building the coop so when closed up is very tight and impenetrable by varmints. The outside is metal that matches the outer buildings with openings covered by heavy wire 6 foot from the ground to allow air circulation. It is also protected by hot wire as is the outside run. Since the coop is so far from the house I installed an automatic coop door that is controlled by a light sensor so the coop during the night would be locked down and secure from any varmint that possibly could penetrate the the run area.
The door I purchased was called REDdoor from www.bestcoopdoor.com out of Kennsington MD. It was easy to install and worked good for about a month, when it stopped working.
Does anyone have suggestions on another automatic door that actually works and is supported if repairs are needed. I would appreciate any advise offered!
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