Automatic coop door killed chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Stella78, Apr 1, 2018.

  1. Stella78

    Stella78 Hatching

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    Help! I went out tonight to check on everyone to find my rooster deadthe girls are all frantic and squaking like crazy! It was set for 45 min after dusk. I am at loss what to do it pretty much cut his head off. Has this happened to anyone else??
     
  2. ChooksNQuilts

    ChooksNQuilts Free Ranging

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    Omg I’m so sorry! That terrible! I have never used an automatic door for fear of this exact thing happening. :hit
     
  3. micstrachan

    micstrachan Free Ranging

    Oh no!!!! How horrific! I am soooooo sorry!!!
     
  4. WhiteWyan

    WhiteWyan Songster

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    I'd contact the company that made the door and ask for a refund. How horrible!!!
     
  5. happybooker1

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    I have an auto door and have watched it close many times. It is so slow that any chicken in its right mind would easily be able to escape it. Unless the cable to raise/lower the door broke.

    I’m SO SORRY this happened to you & your rooster.
     
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  6. Stella78

    Stella78 Hatching

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    I am pretty upset to say the least. We have the autocoop brand it is very slow I have also have watched it and never had a problem. I am going to call them today and see what they have to say. I did not think it would come down that hard on the if they did happen to get stuck but like I said it was not good .
     
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  7. kklowell

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    That door looks like it is powered by an electric actuator with no safety devices to stop it if there's an obstruction (like your rooster) in the opening. Those actuators can be very powerful and will just keep trying to close the door with something under it, as you found with your rooster.
     
  8. Stella78

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    What is th brand that has a safety?
     
  9. kklowell

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    I don't even know if any of them have safeties. I'm just familiar enough with mechanisms to see that there isn't one here, and I know those actuators don't have anything like a built-in clutch to stop it if the door hasn't gone all the way.
     
  10. BantamUsername

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    I smell a lawsuit
     

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