Automatic Chicken Door Opener

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by joerogrz, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. joerogrz

    joerogrz Chillin' With My Peeps

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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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  3. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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  4. Felicitas

    Felicitas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Hi - what kind of batteries does this use?
    Thanks
     
  5. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    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
     
  6. sgray136

    sgray136 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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. [email protected]
     
  7. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    My husband says it uses 4 AA batteries. He's the battery guy in this house. [​IMG]
     
  8. sgray136

    sgray136 Chillin' With My Peeps

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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.
     
  9. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

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

    tryingtohaveitall Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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. [​IMG]
     

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