Inspect Those pull ropes!!!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Chook-A-Holic, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. Chook-A-Holic

    Chook-A-Holic Songster

    Oct 5, 2009
    Central, N.C.
    Just a reminder for those of us who have pull ropes for our pop doors. I got a call from a friend tonight who lost his friendliest hen this morning. He went to open the pop door and when it was halfway up the pull rope snapped and the door came down on the hens neck. The hen was killed immediately due to a broken neck. So check those ropes for chaffing, UV damage, or just general wear and tear. Sometimes it's just the simplest of things...
  2. Last year I killed a silkie hen with the danged door. I closed it at night and forgot to check. The next morning I found her dead.
  3. clothdiaperingmom

    clothdiaperingmom Songster

    Feb 7, 2010
    Sweetwater, TX
    How sad. I wouldnt have thought of that!
  4. Jaguaress

    Jaguaress Chicken Addict Wanna-be

    May 27, 2010
    Piedmont, NC
    I'm sorry for the losses.

    Thank you for the warning.
  5. moetrout

    moetrout Songster

    May 5, 2010
    Milan, MI
    I am in German y on business for the next couple of weeks. My wife told me last night the dang rop broke on our pop door. I would have been really sad if the pop door would have killed one of them, especially my daughters very tame aruacana. Does nayone have any suggestions on something that is extra durable? Maybe some of that plastic coated cable???
  6. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Apr 22, 2008
    upstate SC
    My rope is very durable and has stayed in great shape for the past 18 months. It is all inside and I check it pretty good because that has always been my fear. stupid arthritis was acting up the other week and as I went to tie the rope off after opening the door it slipped from my fingers and fell on a bantam Cochin hen right across her back. This is a big piece of 3/4" exterior plywood! I must have done some damage to her because she has been breathing rough ever since. She still walks fine and eats and drinks but hasn't laid. I feel so bad![​IMG]

    I bet the cable would be more durable as long as it doesn't get pinched by anything. I would prefer a crank of some sort like for a boat, only smaller. It would sure help to avoid some accidents.
  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    The building where my chickens are was originally a dog breeding/boarding kennel, for previous owners of this property. The (heavy!) dog doors are operated by cables (at least 1/4" thick, the kind that are multiple strands of wire twisted into a 'rope' of wire) that are now probably pushing 20 years old and are still in great shape.

    I am not sure how well cable would work for a very lightweight popdoor, though, as it is not the softest floppiest stuff in the world. FWIW for the other popdoors I've made myself, I just use a thinnish nylon rope and inspect it periodically.

    Condolences to those who have lost chickens this way, every time I close the turkey poults' door (which is one of the original heavy ones and *very* free-moving compared to the others) I worry about the same thing,

  8. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    Quote:Ouch for your poor girl - I bet she has some bruised lungs.

    I do not have a pull rope, by poop door is hinged - I was too afraid of guillotining a bird. [​IMG]

    Great reminder for everyone to double check.
  9. robk0220

    robk0220 Chirping

    Mar 12, 2010
    Wapwallopen, PA.
    I have a weighted door that I built myself, and use a plastic coated cable to hoist it. We also have a pulley system so my wife can open the door.
  10. WV_Hillbilly70

    WV_Hillbilly70 Songster

    Apr 28, 2010
    Nashville, Indiana
    In the Army we use what is called 5/50 cord for everything. It is actually parachute cord and is extremely strong stuff. I use it for my pop door, and have for some time. It is virtually weather proof and slips easily through the guiding eyes I have in place. 5/50 cord can be purchased in most military surplus stores, and I've seen it in alot of camping/outdoor stores as well.

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