Has anyone built an automatic door?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by enriquec, Oct 17, 2014.

  1. enriquec

    enriquec Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I saw a simple one on YouTube to lift and lower the door on a timer. I have a sliding glass door for the ducks tho..

    When are ideal open/close times? I was thinking sunrise&set but now I'm thinking 30 mins after it's completely dark to make no one gets locked out.

    An automatic timer feeder would be great too. I'm fine for a while but eventually we'll have holidays and travel and I'd rather trust a machine and neighbor than human alone.
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I don't use an automatic - I can see the reason to want one. And I do know of flocks lost because a person failed to close the door.

    I do a head count twice after I think everyone is in. That has saved a duck or two over the years.

    What about a remote camera? That might have advantages as well.
     
  3. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

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    I will be interested to see your responses. While I would still go check and cover feeders sometimes life happens and we aren't always home at lock up time. It's Always a worry and we often find ourselves leaving things early to go lock up.
     
  4. enriquec

    enriquec Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would definitely check and count everyday like I do now. But eventually I wont be home and I'd like to know everything's working right.

    At a curiosity, what happened that almost lead to losing a duck or two? I cant help but count, just in case, but they always stick together. What separated yours @Amiga ?
     
  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Sometimes a duck will lag behind or want to stay outside instead of come in with the flock
     

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