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post #31 of 38
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Got it today in the mail it requires roughly 29" I don't have that available. The Ador1 requires 28.5" BUT....can I install the Ador1 upside down? My coops elevated off the ground so upside down would work. I already framed in the hole for the door and there's only about 24" above the door before the gables from the roof. 

Mendozer, yes I think upsidedown would work as long as you secure the battery with sticky-back velcro to keep it secure.  But I have another idea now.  I could send you a magnet that you could glue to the panel 4" above where the lower magnet is on the panel.  That will stop the upward motion 4" below and limit the total height to 24", so should fit below your gable. The trade-off is that the opening for the chickens to pass through will be reduced from 13" high to 9" high.  The opening area would be 9" x 10.5" which should be enough for chickens.  If you compare that reduced opening size to the opening size of a competing automatic door selling on Amazon for $329 you'll see that this reduced size is still bigger in area that this $329 door (which is 10"x8.25"). BTW, since I brought up this other door, I don't see any advantages of this expensive competing door -- what is it supposed to offer for the additional $130 compared to the ADOR and some other doors out there that are $100 less?  ...maybe that's why it is what they are calling it: "Incredible Chicken Door". Hehehehe.  ...the price is incredible.

 

So I don't think it will be a bad trade-off to do this trick with reducing ADOR's motion by 4"s -- instead it should solve your problem.  Please call me if you want to try this idea. --ROD

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post #32 of 38

I'm gonna go with the Ador1. Rod was very helpful talking with me this morning on the phone about my options. I'm going to experiment with vertical (shortening the travel) or horizontal and having it poke up past  the back edge of the coop.

post #33 of 38

Got it installed. Went sideways at the last minute due to size restrictions vertically. The battery rests away from the circuit board so I don't see that as an issue. 

 

However, I needed to physically and quite aggressively shoo the chickens away from the door sil today. It's their first day out there, but they were resting in the path of decapitation at 8:30 PM right when it gets dark. I manually closed it and shoved them out of the way. Maybe they'll learn that way i don't know

post #34 of 38

We have an ador door also. I love it. We needed it to come on a time schedule not sun rise so we setup the sensor in a plastic box with a cover and put it on a timer works like a charm. Customer service is great. Rod is a pleasure to speak to.

post #35 of 38
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Got it installed. Went sideways at the last minute due to size restrictions vertically. The battery rests away from the circuit board so I don't see that as an issue. 

 

However, I needed to physically and quite aggressively shoo the chickens away from the door sil today. It's their first day out there, but they were resting in the path of decapitation at 8:30 PM right when it gets dark. I manually closed it and shoved them out of the way. Maybe they'll learn that way i don't know

I sure hope you can train them! That boxed in opening is a great idea to keep rain out. I wonder if they like it so much, they want to hang out there, near the fading light? Do you have a window or two  in your coop to add some natural light, to encourage them to go in?

post #36 of 38

So far I've had to leave it in manual mode at night and physically take them out of the door sill and close it. They aren't using their roosting poles in the coop yet

post #37 of 38
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So far I've had to leave it in manual mode at night and physically take them out of the door sill and close it. They aren't using their roosting poles in the coop yet

I wonder if it would work to put them on the roost every  night before the door closes as sort of a training exercise?

And block the door exit from the inside?

 

They might catch on to this after a few days?

post #38 of 38

today is the first day they weren't in the sill. what I did was jog the door closed a bit like halfway to discourage them from resting there. I'll wait to see if they do it automatically now with a full width door before I commit to making it automatic. 

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