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Hoop tractor becomes a permanent insulated coop

By handydad, Sep 12, 2015 | Updated: Sep 17, 2015 | | |
  1. handydad
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  1. handydad
    Oops, It looks like I misspelled the link to the chicken doors website.
    It was supposed to read www.adorstore.com
    It is still performing great on the initial battery, opening in the morning and closing at dusk.
  2. Molpet
    Thank you for the info ... looks nice, but pricey LOL
  3. handydad
    Molpet,
    Sorry about the delay in answer to your question.
    The door is heavy duty sprocket driven galvanized steel
    It is an ADOR 1 automatic chicken door from THE ADORSTORE.COM
    It cost me $199.00 but its one of the best investments I've made for the chicken/egg project.
    It opens at dawn and closes at dusk automatically using a light sensitive photocell so we don't have to worry about predators if we are late getting home at night.
    It is made in the USA (TEXAS) and it has worked flawlessly through a Michigan fall, winter and spring so far using only a 6 volt lantern battery for power.
    It comes ready to use (pre-programmed) out of the box and was very easy to install (6 screws) after cutting the hole in the coop wall (10 1/2" x 13") a couple of inches above the interior floor level.
    They even make a larger version for turkeys (the ADOR 2).
    This product is a lot more substantial than the string lift door openers out that cost about the same $ or more.
    Check out their website www.adostore.com.
    Good luck with your build!
  4. Molpet
    what is your pop door made from?
  5. handydad
    I have finally gotten around to posting my latest pics of the "finished" insulated hoop coop and deerfenced outside run.
    I am not sure what happened to the text that went along with the initial posting of photos, or how to sort the new photos in chronological order showing the evolving build of my "simple" tractor turned coop.
    The 15 hens (5 EE, 3 ISA BROWN, 3 RED CROSS, and 4 RIR) are going on 16 weeks old and haven't started laying yet.
    I put the slant roofed 4 hole nest box in a week ago and just opened the box this week with shavings and a ceramic egg in each box. When we got the chicks the last week of May at our local FAMILY FARM & HOME they said it would probably be 18 to 20 weeks before the girls started laying, so we are looking forward to getting a dozen eggs a day.
    Before our Michigan winter hits I will build another hoop probably 8x12 covered with clear plastic and layered with dry leaves and lawn clippings and place it in the large run area for an outdoor "play yard". I'm trying to stay away from straw and hay bales to reduce chances of mite & lice problems. I have gotten rid of the shelf under the roosting bars so that I don't have to deal with the poop boards anymore. Since I'm trying out the deep litter method I just stir up the pine shavings and dry leaves every few days and the droppings settle to the bottom where hopefully some beneficial nematodes and nature will compost it. I'm anxious to see how this works on a concrete floor in a Michigan winter (since we get a lot colder temps here than in Oregon where the gent lives that published some of the most informative information on deep litter, [email protected]).
    The 6' tall x 330' roll of deer fencing is wired to 6' tall 2x2" posts that have a 16" piece of 3/4" rebar drilled and glued into each post for a ground spike. Holes were punched in the ground at each post location with a homemade driver made from a 24" piece of steel pipe with a cap threaded onto the end, fence was rolled out and wired to posts and now the birds have a pretty secure daytime foraging area.to access the run , special lift & latch gate posts were made attached to the coop and at a corner post (for gate big enough to drive the tractor through). I drilled 3 keyhole slots into 6' 1x2"s added a handle and stapled the plastic fence to the back side. The 1x2" gate posts fit onto 3 3" drywall screws on the front of the coop and on the corner post.
    I no longer need to use the Solar Electric Fence Controller (from Harbor Freight) that I ran around the bottom of the coop when it was set up as a mobile tractor since it now sits on concrete. A couple of live traps set around the outside of the run have been effectively dealing with any varmints looking for a late night snack. Luckily I don't have a bear problem in SE Michigan.

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