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I've looked on the web for one of these, but have only found closers which seem to be made of garage door components. Closing the door is no problem for me since I like to make sure all my chickens are in the coop before I close it up anyway. However, it would be really nice to have it automatically open in the mornings. Anyone ever see one of these?

If I can't find one then I'll build one. I may do that anyway even if there are some auto-openers out there.

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post #2 of 21

There are pre-made units online but they are $200 - $300

You could convert any closer system to be an opener system with pulleys or a different config.

Maybe get some ideas here: http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=99668&p=1

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post #3 of 21

In case you decide to buy one, Foy's carries them and we ordered one from Wells, before Foy's had started carrying them.  It got here as fast or faster than some of the things we've ordered here in the states.

We have the model that's mounted inside, with a probe sensor that's placed outside.

http://www.foyspigeonsupplies.com/catalog/2100-2107.html

http://www.chicken-house.co.uk/acatalog/Automatic_Door_Openers.html

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Originally Posted by WoodlandWoman 

In case you decide to buy one, Foy's carries them and we ordered one from Wells, before Foy's had started carrying them.  It got here as fast or faster than some of the things we've ordered here in the states.

We have the model that's mounted inside, with a probe sensor that's placed outside.

http://www.foyspigeonsupplies.com/catalog/2100-2107.html

http://www.chicken-house.co.uk/acatalog/Automatic_Door_Openers.html


Hi - what kind of batteries does this use?
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post #5 of 21

I think they are D-sized. The automatic one from Foy's is wonderful. I'm not mechanical enough to build anything like that. This way I don't have to get early, lol

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post #6 of 21

I have been playing with two ideas for automatic door openers and Closers.  One idea is adapting a cheap cordless screwdriver from Harbor Freight, the other is using a power antenna designed for vehicles.  I am leaning toward the power antenna as it is designed for a power on - power off mode.  The power screwdriver concept would use threaded bar stock that would raise and lower the door as a screw drive.  The problem is timing the on/off switch between RT/off/LT.  If I was electronically inclined I would build an electronic switch.  If anyone has any good ideas about a switch let me know.  sgray136@gmail.com

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post #7 of 21

My husband says it uses 4 AA batteries.  He's the battery guy in this house.  lol

post #8 of 21

I am working on a complete kit or DIY instructions.  It will be simple and hopefully I can keep it under $50.00 dollars.  It will open on schedule and close on schedule or when told to do either.  It will also be battery powered with a charger.  All for under $50.00.  I'll post when I've got the kinks worked out.

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I am working on a complete kit or DIY instructions.  It will be simple and hopefully I can keep it under $50.00 dollars.  It will open on schedule and close on schedule or when told to do either.  It will also be battery powered with a charger.  All for under $50.00.  I'll post when I've got the kinks worked out.


I'd be real interested in it. Heck with all the folks here interested in it, you might be able to retire!!!

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post #10 of 21

Any updates on this? My husband's just getting started on an automatic door opener to go with the coop about to be built.

Chicken newbies here. big_smile

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