Questions about automatic doors

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by happymom99, Feb 4, 2012.

  1. happymom99

    happymom99 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 6, 2011

    In the past I have seen people talk about having automatic doors that open in the morning to let their chickens out. If you have one of these, how do you like it? Is there anything you don't like about it? Where do you get these doors and how do they work?

    Thank you!
  2. DanEP

    DanEP Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2010
    Cadiz Ky
    I have one and am spoiled, no more running out there to let the girls out or lock them up.The one I have is an add a motor and is just a motor that lifts the door in the am and closes it in the pm.It does require a timer that you set and will only work with doors that go up and down not sideways or swing open.

    This is where I got mine and it was about 80 bucks.
  3. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

    Oct 18, 2009
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I wouldn't have a coop without an automatic door. I prefer the one from Foy's, because it uses 4 AAA batteries (no need for power to the coop) and a light sensor to trigger the door. Factory set, the sensor opened and closed at the perfect time for my flock. Batteries lasted longer than a year. Expensive, yes! Worth every penny, as far as I'm concerned.

    Before you ask, the two different models I've used are the guillotine style, opening up and closing down, not out or sideways. The doors close very slowly, so no lopping off of chickens' heads or anything gruesome if a chicken is partway through when the door begins to lower. If a chicken is standing right there IN the doorway, the lowering door will stop when encountering a barrier, then raise again from that point.
  5. yellowirenut

    yellowirenut Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 27, 2011
    New haven, IN
    If you do go with the add-a-motor method make sure you get the right model number. U need the D20 NOT the model 80.
    I did not know of the difference and within 4 months of getting the 80 its gears where striped.
  6. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    I have a question on the door. I see all the stuff that goes with it and understand what's happening, but where is and how do you connect the motor to the door. Something has to be connected to the door for it to raise and lower. How does it attach to the motor? I fail to see the instructions for that part. I'm working on one now but still have to get the motor part and its related parts.

    Thanks [​IMG]
  7. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

    Oct 18, 2009
    There is a line attached the top of the door and the motor winds the line up in the same way a fishing pole reel winds up the fishing line.

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