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Twice now one of my chickens has been almost decapitated by this thing.  I may still lose the hen that got badly injured last night.  Haven't had a chance to look at her wound closely because my vicious rooster keeps attacking me when I go in (I'm getting ready to wring it's neck real soon).  He was the other chicken who was almost decapitated.

 

The Pullet Shut automatic chicken door really needs some kind of pressure sensitive safety or IR beam like a garage door instead of just a 10 second re-open setting.  I've got it set to close when it's pretty much dark outside, but apparently they straggle every once in awhile.

 

Anyone else have this happen?

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We have an auto guillotine door (not Pullet Shut brand) and no problems that I know of. The door goes down very slowly though. Does your door "drop"?
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No, it used a geared stepper motor to close the hinged door.  I called the guys who make it and suggested that they include a safety or back off the torque.  They said it is torque-limited and the hen probably did that to herself while struggling.

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No, it used a geared stepper motor to close the hinged door.  I called the guys who make it and suggested that they include a safety or back off the torque.  They said it is torque-limited and the hen probably did that to herself while struggling.

I thought it was a guillotine door?

 

Does the torque limit switch make the door open back up?

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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I thought it was a guillotine door?

 

Does the torque limit switch make the door open back up?

I was being facetious.  Not a guillotine, but a good decapitation devise. :/

 

The torque limit does not make it open up again like a garage door.  After is shuts, it opens again briefly, but that's controlled by a timer.

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Originally Posted by aart View Post
 

I thought it was a guillotine door?

 

Does the torque limit switch make the door open back up?

I was being facetious.  Not a guillotine, but a good decapitation devise. :/

 

The torque limit does not make it open up again like a garage door.  After is shuts, it opens again briefly, but that's controlled by a timer.

OK....I suspected but wasn't sure.

So torque limit just makes it stop moving?

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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