Random question: Can you train a chicken to use a cat door?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Nonny, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. Nonny

    Nonny Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    I was thinking about coop designs and wondered whether anyone had used a cat door for their chooks to get into the coop?
  2. spotstealer

    spotstealer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2011
    Poynette, WI
    It would work, the chicks pick up pretty quick. I would be concerned about predators though.
  3. Nonny

    Nonny Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    Ah yes - predators. I knew there would be a reason I hadn't heard of this before! LOL

    Our coop is woefully inept and I want to try and build one (one day!) but the coop would be in a secure enclosed run that would be predator proof... was thinking of a way the girls could get in and out without having a wide open door or the expense of an automatic one. We have very warm weather so keeping out the cold isn't an issue.
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2011
  4. Horizon Structures

    Horizon Structures Official BYC Sponsor

    Jul 1, 2009
    Atglen, PA
    I imagine if you REALLY predator-proof the coop and run, you'll be fine as far as hens go. I would keep the door in the middle of the run as opposed to on the side next to the fence. That way if something does manage to reach through the fence the hens can get inside without having to get close to it? That's what I would think, anyway. I'm not sure what type of wildlife you have in Australia, haha.

    That said, I'm not so sure your feed and eggs would be so safe. I imagine that if hens can freely go in and out, snakes and mice / rats probably could too. But a door open all day wouldn't necessarily prevent that either, although it would help at night, when those animals are often active.
  5. chickenbythesea

    chickenbythesea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2011
    Nova Scotia
    not sure what brisbane's like for snakes but australia's got lots so I would imagine something secure so they couldn't get in to steal the eggs or the chickens....

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