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Will chickens walk through hanging vinyl strips?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Mrs. Mucket, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. Mrs. Mucket

    Mrs. Mucket Songster

    May 3, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    We are trying to figure out a gateway that would deter the chickens from leaving their paddock but would allow their guardian dogs to pass through. We're thinking of heavy vinyl strips (like strip doors in barns and commercial buildings). Has anyone here used these with chickens?

  2. Eris

    Eris Chirping

    Aug 15, 2011
    El Paso, Texas
    I don't know if they would walk through but I would assume after a while they would. Have you thought about a dog door with a sensor that attaches to the dogs collars? The dog door wont open unless the sensor(dog collar) is close enough to the dog door.
  3. Two Creeks Farm

    Two Creeks Farm Songster

    Apr 23, 2011
    Hedgesville, WV
    We found a BO in the basement today....only way in was the doggy door;)
  4. Amethyste

    Amethyste For Love of Boo...

    Yes they will but it might take a while. I have split clear vinyl rug runners as a windbreak over the pop door. I had to leave part of the strip up so they would get used to it, but now they don't care and go right thru.
  5. Mrs. Mucket

    Mrs. Mucket Songster

    May 3, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    Sounds like it would have to be a heavy vinyl that the chickens couldn't push through. The dogs are over 100# so they could be taught to push something heavy. Or a sensor door is a good idea too.
  6. mpare

    mpare In the Brooder

    Jul 16, 2010
    Dillsburg, PA
    The chickens may be able to figure out how to use the door.

    Last winter I wanted to find a way to keep out the wind and cold but let the chickens move from the coop to the run without me having to open and shut the door all the time. ( Our run is fairly predator proof). I cut some heavy vinyl into strips. I stapled them above the pop door on the inside of the coop so that just two inches hung down into the opening. Everyday I moved the strips down another inch or two. At first the chickens ducked to get under the strips but then just started to push through them. Eventually the entire door opening was covered and they used it without problems.

    If your chickens really want to get through the door and the vinyl is not too heavy for them they will likely find a way.
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2011

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