Best predator proof automatic coop door

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  1. Natural Mama

    Natural Mama Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello everyone!

    It has been ages since I posted last. We have recently moved to the mountains and we are building a new chicken coop. I would like to install an automatic coop door but I want the best one to protect my girls against predators. What would you all recommend? I want something that a raccoon can't open. What are your suggestions?

    Thanks everyone!
    Hilary
     
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Overrun With Chickens

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    I do not have one. but have studied them somewhat. In my opinion the Ador 1 seems the best option. It is tricky for a raccoon to open since it's sheet steel and hard to grab to open for a coon.
     
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  3. egg0

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    I've been using the ador door for over a year. It is pricey like most of the automatic doors but is the best chicken investment I made. It works perfectly and is solid. No need to wake up early and no need to worry about locking them up at night. Both are priceless time saved.
     
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  4. Natural Mama

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    Really that price is not bad. It is comparable with other doors that I am seeing.
     
  5. Natural Mama

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    We are building the coop into an existing barn. With time the girls will have access to an outdoor run from there. I would like to put 1 automatic door on the coop inside the barn. There is a clear PVC panel at the top in the front of the barn that lets in light. Do you think that would be enough light to activate the Dawn & Dusk feature? I can't seem to figure out how to post a picture.
     
  6. Natural Mama

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    So I am able to upload a picture from my phone but not from my computer. Weird. You can see the clear panel across the top. Do you think that would let in adequate light for the sensor?
     
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  7. Natural Mama

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    So never mind. I found the answer after digging thru their website. You can purchase an external light sensor for when your unit does not get adequate light. This seems to be a good unit. I think I will get one. Thanks for the suggestion! Sorry about all of the posts.
     
  8. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Overrun With Chickens

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    I was going to tell you about the external light sensor, but you got it on your own.. [​IMG]
     
  9. Natural Mama

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    I ordered the door and the external light sensor today. I can't wait!
     
  10. BY Bob

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    How did the door turn out?
     

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