Poor man's chicken powered automatic door

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by oxfordethan, Nov 25, 2013.

  1. oxfordethan

    oxfordethan Out Of The Brooder

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    It's been a while since I've posted. The thing I dislike the most about keeping chickens is having to go out in the morning when it's 20 degrees to let the birds out. So I came up with this Rube-Goldberg style auto door. Sorry for the vertical screen shot while videoing. Enjoy. I looked outside early this morning and the door was still shut. Got ready for work and then looked back outside and they were all free ranging. I love it when a plan comes together!

    http://s67.photobucket.com/user/oxf...44-3631-000003A02B6A4929_zps98344d8d.mp4.html
     
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  2. Mtn Laurel

    Mtn Laurel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whoa! Really ingenious. Had my husband come in and watch this as he's a fairly "crafty" kinda' guy, too. Thinking maybe he can make something similar for our pop door.

    Bravo!
     
  3. oxfordethan

    oxfordethan Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! In the afternoon when i collect the eggs, I remove the red carabiner and clip it to the loop just inside the door frame. This allows the nesting box door to close while still keeping the coop open (so they don't roost in the nesting box before I close them in for the night). When I go out to close them in for the night I just reclip the carabiner to the coop door and set the hook.
     
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  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    For some reason I can never view photo bucket videos and sometimes not even pics.
     
  5. MEMama3

    MEMama3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bummer. I can't see it either :-(
     

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