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chicken guard automatic door opener

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by lcox726, Oct 10, 2014.

  1. lcox726

    lcox726 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ive just purchased the Chicken Guard auto door opener. The LED screen remains Blank (just the row of squares).. I checked to make sure it wasn't hooked up backwards. All seemed fine. Any one have any tips:(
     
  2. lcox726

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    The folks at Chicken Guard are AWESOME! They sent a replacement instantly. It works perfectly. exactly how described. It's getting cold in NY. It's a relief knowing the chickens are closed in and safe, even if we are out. I would recommend the Chicken Guard for the quality of there product and their customer service:D
     
  3. DonnaJ1

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    How did you contact to order ? Can't find any order page ?
     
  4. LanceTN

    LanceTN Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How much do they cost?
     
  5. tcstoehr

    tcstoehr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think you can shop for them here.
    It looks like a drawstring motor activated by a light sensor. Actual door sold separately, which is good in case you want to design and build your own door.
    I don't see anything preventing a raccoon from pressing its claws against the door and lifting it up. Their web site says they are working on a self-locking mechanism, which would be cool. But for now they just advise you put a strip of wood down to obscure the bottom edge of the door to keep predators from getting their paws underneath. Even so, the door is simply hanging by a string and that would worry me.
     
  6. lcox726

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    My husband and I have a aluminum door, it slides up and down in a track. We also placed a bit of wood across the bottom of doorway to stop a predators from trying to pry it open. We love it.
     
  7. 432bullet

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    Plastic cutting board, Slides in two pieces of aluminum channel, With a piece of cannel across the bottom. Slides easy, No binding and a coon can't get to the bottom edge to lift it up. Just what works for me :)
     
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  8. tcstoehr

    tcstoehr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm curious. I'm also assuming you have a string pulley type of door. Could you open the door by pressing your fingers against it to gain traction and gently slide it up? If so I'm sure a raccoon could do so too. My door (an Ador1) has gear sprocket holes that allow me to lift the door by inserting a nail and lifting with considerable force. I'm pretty sure a raccoon could do it if it knew exactly what to do. I wonder sometimes how vulnerable I am.
     
  9. 432bullet

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    Any lock that has ever been built can be defeated, But we have had the cutting board door in place for two years and have not had any problems.
     
  10. Alabama robyn

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    I would like pics and helps on cutting board door and auto opener. ? We need auto door for my coop!
     

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