Got my automatic pop door opener installed!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by teach1rusl, Dec 12, 2009.

  1. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I told DH that for Christmas I wanted an automatic door opener for my chickens. I showed him posts from other BYCers who'd done the same thing (he laughed at one that closed like a guillotine [​IMG] and promised me none of my chickens would lose their heads). He got a drapery motor last week, and installed everything today!!! It's plugged into a timer. It closed this evening at 6:00 and is supposed to open at 7:30 tomorrow, so hopefully it'll go as scheduled... I'm very excited [​IMG]
    Not that you can tell much from the pic, but here it is...
  2. TipsyDog

    TipsyDog Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2009
    Aregua, Paraguay
    I have one and you are going to LOVE it!! Mine opens/closes with the light sensor. I love the idea that I can stay in bed while the girls are let out at daybreak. One of man's greatest inventions! Enjoy [​IMG]
  3. luvarabhorses

    luvarabhorses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2008
    Hector, Ar
    Awesome! I got one too for myself for xmas but haven't had the time to install it yet. keep us posted!!!
  4. boston3381

    boston3381 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 7, 2009
    hi all, im sooo new to chickens that i dont even have any yet !!! im looking to get some for the spring and building a coop this winter.

    my dumb question is, with this auto-matic door do chickens go in at night buy them self ? or do some of them get locked out when the door closes?
  5. cameldairy

    cameldairy Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 20, 2009
    Cairo, GA
    Two words....natural selection [​IMG];)[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]:jumpy:cd
  6. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    Quote:First of all [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Seconed, there are no dumb Questions here, because all of us has to start at some point.

    Chickens in General will go to the coop to sleep every day when the daylight goes, especially when you train them that the coop is thier home, and teaching them this Idea is real simple, I did it so many times( only lock the new birds in tier coop for 4 to 5 days at the beginning and they will learn that.

    Glad you came on board with us.

  7. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Quote:I turn their coop light on before it gets dark each evening, and my girls have always gone in by nightfall (attracted to the safety of the light I guess). My door is set to close about 30 minutes after nightfall. So far mine is working GREAT! I always go out to check on my girls and turn the light out each evening anyhow, so if by chance something happened, it'd be okay.
    Now, some people have written posts about having problems getting their chickens to go in their coops at night. So I wouldn't think an auto. door would work for them...???
  8. boston3381

    boston3381 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 7, 2009
    thank you for the reply,

    i realy look forard to making a good chicken coop with a auto-matic door that i can move around my yard witch is very large [​IMG](p.s. im a electrician so wireing will not be a problem ((heat,light and ect.) ..i think what i should do, is make a over-ride switch just incase some get stuck out side.
    i allso like the idea of a light comeing on befor dark, so that there are trained to come in when it gets dark.(need to start reading abought chicken behavor too!!!)

    im going to do my own post when i start my coop for abought 6 hens. so you might see me just asking random questions befor then.. hope to start building around the end of january..
    p.s. love this site its full of great information.
  9. suebee

    suebee Speaks Silkie Fluently

    Apr 1, 2007
    N. Carolina
    Can anyone send me a link to where you bought your auto door? How much was yours?

    I just want it for mornings. [​IMG]
  10. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009

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