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Does anyone have this automatic door for thier coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Fat Bottom Farm, Jun 1, 2010.

  1. Fat Bottom Farm

    Fat Bottom Farm In the Brooder

    I have been reading post on various automatic coop openers, especially the one from Foys. I stumbled across this one and was wondering if anyone had the following installed.


    Last edited: Jun 1, 2010
  2. gaillardia

    gaillardia Songster

    Apr 20, 2010
    Larkspur, CO
    I don't have that door. I have one from this site. http://www.chickencoopdoor.com/

    was super easy to install and very easy to set up. I love it! My friends think it is overkill, but a happy chicken surely lays tastier eggs. I am a teacher, and after 10 months of getting up at 5:45 AM, I am ready to sleep in a few extra hours in the summer. I do not want my birds sulking while I take my sweet time [​IMG]
  3. gaillardia

    gaillardia Songster

    Apr 20, 2010
    Larkspur, CO
    Oh, I still check to make sure it opens in the morning and I count heads after it closes every evening.
  4. woodguy

    woodguy In the Brooder

    May 2, 2010
  5. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member 11 Years

  6. bald egg

    bald egg In the Brooder

    Nov 16, 2009
    NE Kansas
    I made mine similar to the Automatic Chicken Coop Door model (the one with the long video). Used a Add-a-Motor drapery motor model A 20 to power it. This cost around $100. The frame and track was made from left over 2x4's and a guillotine style door from an old road sign. Made it to screw between two studs and added it later in the building process. It was mounted fairly high to keep it out of the deep litter shavings. I made to door longer than the opening to allow sand and shavings and poo to fall down and not interfer with the door operation. This also makes it almost impossible to open from the outside without a pry bar, keeps the preditors out. I love the auotmatic door feature of my coop. I still check them morning and night but on my schedule because I want to rather than because I HAVE TO . Also can sleep in without guilt or take LB (lovely bride) out later than 9 and not worry about Bob and the girls.
  7. Green_Eggs_and_Ham

    Green_Eggs_and_Ham Songster

    May 6, 2010
    Hi Fat Bottom Farm, The one Bald Egg is talking about is probably the best one out there. It is designed by Addamotor just for chicken doors.I installed ours and it works great. We bought it here: http://www.discounthomeautomation.com/Add-A-Motor-Chicken-Coop-Motor-AAD20 . It's the cheapest around.

    Ive been trying to find a way to make it solar powered. I'll post that if I do.
  8. hipeatall

    hipeatall Songster

    Mar 2, 2009

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