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Automatic door and light control from McMurray

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This gadget, although expensive, takes care of shutting the pop door at the right time automatically and can also add hours to daylight in the winter.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-_M65wZuiY&feature=related


http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/auto_door_controller.html


I'm
building a new coop and this looks like it will solve s few of the problems for me.yippiechickie


Edited by Jack Sparrow - 1/31/11 at 4:59pm

6 cats, 2 dogs, 28 hens, 1 RIR rooster, 1 EE rooster,  1 Peahen and my Morgan horse, LaBrecque

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post #2 of 10

I am temped by that also, but that price is steep!

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I think I like mine better.  That one won't open the door if it's less than 20 degrees at sunrise.  I suspect the door would just stay closed until the next day, then.  I'd rather have a door that opens every day and let the chickens choose to be inside or outside on their own.  It's nice that it has the led lights incorporated, though.

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According to McMurray, you can disconnect the temperature sensor if you want to.

6 cats, 2 dogs, 28 hens, 1 RIR rooster, 1 EE rooster,  1 Peahen and my Morgan horse, LaBrecque

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post #5 of 10

That would be great, then!  Okay, except for the money.  big_smile

Those LED lights are super cheap to run, too.  Plus they last a really long time.  It would be nice to have everything all in one.  If you look at all the many parts you'd need for a door, opener, separate timers for the lights and door, light fixtures, etc. it really starts to add up.  Plus you have electrical savings.

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Woh! "Except for the money" is right! ... that's a big exception.

old  Unless you're getting golden eggs, there are other ways, ... and a lot cheaper.

Try the Add-A-Motor . It does the job. Add a timer from Lowes and you're done. (Especially if you're going to disconnect the temp sensor anyway!)

We've had our for about 9 months now, and have not had any issues at all. Reliable and cheap at the same time. (Kinda like DH!) hide

Take a look around at other ideas. You may be surprised. pop

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Edited by Green_Eggs_and_Ham - 2/1/11 at 12:07pm
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post #7 of 10

Like green eggs said. I would just as soon rig something up with one of those 10 dollar power on/off timers from home depot. Thats what I used for my greenhouse drip system and HPS lights.

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"I am a real Christian that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus Christ." -- Thomas Jefferson.
"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." Psalm 23:4
40 Game Chickens, 10 Leghorns, 4 Peafowl
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Edited by Ullie - 8/14/12 at 7:17pm
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Originally Posted by Jack Sparrow View Post

This gadget, although expensive, takes care of shutting the pop door at the right time automatically and can also add hours to daylight in the winter.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-_M65wZuiY&feature=related


http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/auto_door_controller.html


I'm
building a new coop and this looks like it will solve s few of the problems for me.yippiechickie

did you buy this door from McMurray, if so how do you like it?  After looking at some of the other ones I am thinking about this one.

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Originally Posted by Green_Eggs_and_Ham View Post

Woh! "Except for the money" is right! ... that's a big exception.

old  Unless you're getting golden eggs, there are other ways, ... and a lot cheaper.

Try the Add-A-Motor . It does the job. Add a timer from Lowes and you're done. (Especially if you're going to disconnect the temp sensor anyway!)

We've had our for about 9 months now, and have not had any issues at all. Reliable and cheap at the same time. (Kinda like DH!) hide

Take a look around at other ideas. You may be surprised. pop

E/

I have the Add-A-Motor and a programmable timer on my coop... less than $100 total. 

 

If a man speaks in the forest and there is no woman there to hear him,....Is he still wrong??
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If a man speaks in the forest and there is no woman there to hear him,....Is he still wrong??
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