Ordered an automatic chicken door!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by TOP KNOT, Sep 12, 2013.

  1. TOP KNOT

    TOP KNOT Chillin' With My Peeps

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  2. jetdog

    jetdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the D20 add a motor on mine plugged into a digital timer with a battery back up and love it no worries about opening and closing. I'm sure you will love yours I'm not sure if you can use yours with a timer but you will love it, Good luck.
     
  3. TOP KNOT

    TOP KNOT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It has a light sensor, a timer is an add on that they sell. A light sensor should work fine, we shall see.I just need to adjust the size of the door opening.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Cool, post your installation here when you get it!
     
  5. TOP KNOT

    TOP KNOT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    will do!!
     
  6. happyhens1972

    happyhens1972 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would not be without my automatic pop hole....never have to worry about the girls not being shut up tight and can lay-in in the mornings, knowing they are let back out. Mine is on a light sensor and it works a dream BUT I do have a fully secure pen surrounding their house. I would not want to rely on that pop hole alone keeping predators out!
     
  7. TOP KNOT

    TOP KNOT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a secure run, I will manually open and close that in the morning and evening. I just can not get home before dark, so this will keep everyone safe [​IMG] I will still worry about the occasional hen that gets over the fence and can not get back over .I am working on that...
     
  8. TOP KNOT

    TOP KNOT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I received my chicken door on Tuesday, and today, (Friday) I finally got time to install it!! It is a really slick unit! After I figured out the instructions....it was a breeze to install. I used my previous door which was plywood and much larger of an opening to mount the slide rails on. I marked out the hole and cut it out part way with a radial arm saw the the rest with the scroll saw. I just dropped the old door into its slot with the new hole and door mounted to it. I had to run to the hardware store to get something to mount the string to the door??? I bought this rubber lined ignition guide thingy and a chicago screw!! Perfect!!!! The box was an easy mount over the door, hooked the string to the door, added the batteries, put the sleeve over the light sensor and down it went!! Slowly, very slowly! But that is ok! It works!! I may need to adjust the light sensitivity and may need to put a shield on or by the yard light. Will see how things work tonight at sundown!
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    Last edited: Sep 19, 2013
  9. pbarr86

    pbarr86 Out Of The Brooder

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    I also installed a D20 and love it, here is a video of the 1st test after I installed it. It has been working like a champ since..

    CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO
     
  10. TOP KNOT

    TOP KNOT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very cool! We even have gadgets in the hen house!! I bet the pioneers would have loved to have these things!!
     

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