chicken-operated door?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Caju, May 26, 2010.

  1. Caju

    Caju In the Brooder

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    I saw those videos of the feeder where the chickens step on a little panel and it opens the feeder and thought they were very clever. I'm wondering if anyone has done something similar with a pop-door?

    It would be nice if the chickens could let themselves out of their sleep house and into their run in the morning. My run is secure, so I could probably leave the door open at night, but it's been cold. I don't mind shutting them in at night and light to see them all safe and sound, but sometimes they wake up way ahead of me and I wish they could let themselves out.

    Anybody done anything like this or have any ideas about it?
     

  2. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

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    There would need to be some sort of a time lockout feature, or a predator could open it by stepping on the same pad at night.

    There are pet doors that operatae using RF transmission, which would work and exclude predators.

    http://www.moorepet.com/Electronic-and-Automatic-Pet-Doors-s/24.htm

    The problem with them is that if a chicken gets near it with a tag, it would open, and you might not want the door to open.

    That is the primary issue I see with an "open on demand" door.
     
  3. crimsontide

    crimsontide In the Brooder

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    with powered doors dont u think u could make a electric perimeter fence around your whole setup for the same cost??? if not cheaper!
     
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    This is exactly why I have an automatic door on my coop. It's battery powered, and a light sensor controls the opening and closing of the door. I love it!! I don't have to get up to let them out... I still do a head count shortly before the door closes each night (usually) to make sure all have gotten inside the coop in time; they do.
     
  5. Suechick

    Suechick Songster

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    gryeye - can you post more details about your automatic door? It sounds sweet!

    Caju - I hear your complaint about letting them out earlier than you'd like. I'm struggling with that too. Hope you find something that works, it sounds like Gryey's system will work, using a light sensor is brilliant.
     

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