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Automatic Chicken Door Frozen Solid!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Ramblin Rooster, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. Ramblin Rooster

    Ramblin Rooster Hatchaholic

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    It seems that when we got home from a long day of skiing the 'Pullet shut automatic chicken door' had a coat of ice on it so it couldn't close! We broke off the ice and pushed it shut but the ice dripping off the barn keeps freezing it open. Any suggestions? I really don't want to pry it open every morning, plus it probably isn't good for the door either.
    Sam at www.ctchickens.com
     
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Some kind of gutter or awning to deflect the drips away from the door?
     
  3. kreagerm

    kreagerm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Or an overhang.
     
  4. Ramblin Rooster

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    I'm not sure how well that will work since the overhang is why it got frozen.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    You need to make the over hand big enough so the edges where the water drips off miss the door.
     

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