Automatic coop Door ideas?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by orpington21, Dec 18, 2015.

  1. orpington21

    orpington21 New Egg

    Dec 18, 2015
    I saw this post of a guy that made this automatic coop door using a linear actuator,
    has anybody evey tried this? or a drill motor?
  2. Wissa38

    Wissa38 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 21, 2012
    We use an automatic door. My wife built it out of a car antennae and a piece of plexi. It's on a timer which we change slightly with the season. Works great. It's amazingly wonderful not to have to close the coop door each night. Totally worth it.

    We wanted to install a secondary door in the coop and just for fun we bought one. I can't remember the company but it is a lightweight steel door that goes up and down depending on the amount of light. It's nice and it's worked well for us so far. We're able to leave them overnight, which is great. We can go out and be assured that they'll go in when it starts to get dark and their door will shut.

    Now, this isn't to say that I don't go out at night at all. I'll check the automatic doors once a week or so to make sure they're down, and I check the chickens every morning and make sure the door is up.

    I would never be without an automatic door again.
  3. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 6, 2012
    New Brunswick,Canada

    Here's a link to video from inside the coop:

    And here's a link to the video of the door closing at it's "close time" and the night light turning on from outside of the coop:
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2015
  4. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2015
    SW Ohio
    We made our auto pop door using an add-a-motor, a thin piece of plywood and a light timer. Cost around $100.
  5. orpington21

    orpington21 New Egg

    Dec 18, 2015
    This is the best idea ive ever seen, im going to make one just like this. It like halfway thru the video:

    Completely hands free
  6. orpington21

    orpington21 New Egg

    Dec 18, 2015
    That looks really great!
  7. tav1

    tav1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 4, 2014
    I have the same idea minus the motor I just push it open to close.

    I allways have clean the track from the poo..
  8. woodenart

    woodenart Out Of The Brooder

    We researched making our own automatic openers around 10 years ago, at that time the sum of the parts cost more than we could source a ready made unit. We have used the VSBi unit since then and it seems that the technology and components haven't changed much at all, and with the component parts becoming more available and cheaper then I'm sure we could make our own more competitively. I think we'll look into this again next year.

    For information, we fit all of the openers inside the Hen Houses to keep them out of poor weather, after all they are electrically operated even if it is by battery.

    Automatic openers are very popular in the UK, approx 60% of every chicken coop we make has these fitted, the image below is one of the units fitted to our James Super Hen House and Run


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