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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by DENALI, Jul 30, 2008.
Do the automatic doors people talk about lock? Or can a coon simply slide it up and slip in? Thanks
Doesnt seem like a worthwhile door if it just slides closed but doesnt autolock to where coons cant just slide it up.
I do not have one but from the look of them they look solid and heavy so they wouldn't need a lock....but I have never seen one in person.
This one here: http://web.mac.com/lmorris4/iWeb/Site%207/Automatic%20Chicken%20Door.html
Says that it locks in place.
No they don't really lock but I do have mine set up inside the coop. The door is set into metal tracks to hold it in place. Then I have mine set were it settles down about 2 inches lower then the pop door. So from the outside it's hard to raise up because you have nothing to grab on it.
What Poison Ivy says. If you're worried, just have the door slide down behind something that covers the bottom edge so there's nothing to pull up on. With or without the auto opener, really.
This presupposes a reasonable weight, fairly smooth door material.
We just installed our automatic door (inside-mount) a few days ago. It actually slides down about an inch or so below the opening on the outside instead of stopping right at the cutout, if that makes any sense. The racoon would need super grippy fingers and amazing dexterity to get that thing open from the outside. I don't think I could manage to do it very easily!