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Slick chicks: Local resident invents Alexa-enabled automatic pet door

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Angela Luce stands in front of the Slick Chick pet door, holding an Amazon Alexa device.
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ALDERSON, W.Va. — Timothy Luce has invented an automatic chicken and pet door called “Slick Chick” that you can open and close with Alexa, a smartphone, tablet, or set to open on a schedule or in sync with the sun.

The Luce family lives on a historic farm, but maintains a modern-paced life. They can be seen making daily trips to town for errands or activities with their children. “When we decided to add chickens to our array of animals on the farm, I knew I needed to develop an automated door that would maximize the chicken’s ability to forage during daylight, and minimize the headache of planning our schedule around the chickens,” remarked inventor Timothy Luce.

“As a chicky momma, I love our chickens, and I want them to be happy and protected, so I was super happy when Timothy told me about his Slick Chick idea,” commented his wife, Angela.

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