Installed a automatic chicken door

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by jwj, Oct 30, 2009.

  1. jwj

    jwj Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 24, 2009
    North Texas
    I installed a new automatic chicken door on the coop yesterday, I use the light timer to open and close it. The chickens go in about 6:45 PM so the timer is set to close at 7:00 PM and open at 6:45 AM. Now that winter is coming on it will be nice not to have to go out and close and open the coop every day. I was going to use a remote system but the timer will work better when I am not at home. It worked great last night and this morning.
  2. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

    Mar 8, 2008
    Eaton, Colorado
    DH and I have talked about this possibility. I will be showing him this when he gets home. Thanks and it looks great!!
  3. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    BuCo, KS
    My Coop
    Great job. Question though - what if a chicken is on her way in or out? Will the door close on her and crush her, or will it stop like an elevator or garage door? This occurred to me because mine like to roost on the doorstoop itself while considering going in for the night.
  4. Casey3043

    Casey3043 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Had to look twice, trying to figure out how it works. Then I realized the pix are sideways, and the tubular thing is the weight. Did you use a drapery motor?
    Sure would be nice not to have to go out there so early!

  5. jwj

    jwj Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 24, 2009
    North Texas
    Quote:As a matter of fact I had a chicken sitting in the door when I was testing it, it makes some noise and moves slow the chicken was long gone before the door closed and the door is aluminum and very light.
  6. jwj

    jwj Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 24, 2009
    North Texas
    Quote:Yes that is a drapery motor, I payed 86.95 on Ebay.
  7. mener6896

    mener6896 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2009
    Noblesville, IN
    I also have one of these and love it!! I set mine to close well after all the hens are in...mine's set to close around 9:00 p.m. Now that it get dark earlier, I will adjust.
  8. coppahed

    coppahed Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 12, 2007
    Where did you purchase this wonderful device? Does it have its own timer? great idea to use diamondplate. Looks good.
  9. redstars

    redstars Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 15, 2009
    south dartmouth ma
    I have the same setup. It works awsome.
    What I did was off to the right of the moter about 2 feet I added a scew in eye hook and ran the
    string for the counter weight through that to keep it from getting fetched up in the door.
    You will have to cut the side of the drapery moter cover a little bit just enough to allow the string
    to work and not pop the cover off.
  10. dftkarin

    dftkarin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2008
    Can I ask what that mental channal stuff is that your door slides in? I have looked for something just like that!! What is it called and where can I get some?

    Brilliant set up!!

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