Snaplock Coop and Ador door....PERFECT!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by workaholic90, Sep 29, 2013.

  1. workaholic90

    workaholic90 Chirping

    Apr 3, 2013
    Howdy ya'll........just a post to let chicken keepers know about the snaplock's awesome and we just put on the automatic door, my life is officially better. No more waking up very early. Does anyone know if there is a battery operated light that goes off and on based on a timer? I want to put just a little light in the coop to let them have some time to settle in on the roosting bars.

    Gosh I love chickens!
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  2. chfite

    chfite Songster

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    The chickens will parade into the coop when they think it is dark enough. They will roost right away. It won't be dark enough for them to need supplemental light for roosting.

    Just watch them some evening. You will see how they go inside to roost. It will still be somewhat light out, but bedtime for them.

  3. workaholic90

    workaholic90 Chirping

    Apr 3, 2013
    I guess the other question I have is we have sand on the floor and did all spring/summer. I am thinking of using straw in the winter to provide some extra heat but do I just keep packing ontop of it and how do i keep the girls from stepping on it. They don't like to stay inside the coop very often and I am guessing bc it's small but small is better in the winter bc they will generate some heat and not have some big huge space.

    Suggestions/tutorials are greatly appreciated!!!
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I think ADOR is developing a timed light as an add on.

    It's cool that you were able to put that door on that coop!

    Not any windows on that coop huh?

    Where are you located? Knowing your climate would help to make suggestions for bedding.

    Sand can work well in a coop, but maybe not so great in a very cold location.
    Straw can harbor pests, can mold quickly and will not generate heat tho it might insulate the floor.
    Wood shavings is probably your best bet...not sure why you wouldn't want them stepping on it.

    That black base looks hollow underneath, you might be able to put some foam board under there and cover it with a thin piece of plywood so they wouldn't peck at the foam. That would insulate the floor from the cold.
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2013
  5. Andykronsch

    Andykronsch In the Brooder

    Oct 5, 2013
    auto door. de-lux!
  6. kirs10001

    kirs10001 Hatching

    Dec 30, 2013
    I want to do this. Did you have to drill into the plastic to attach the wood to the coop or did you attach it some other way?
  7. workaholic90

    workaholic90 Chirping

    Apr 3, 2013
    No....we drilled into the bottom black plastic but not the actual coop. I will take close up pics tomorrow so you can see how we did it. This thing is a friggin' lifesaver!
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  8. kirs10001

    kirs10001 Hatching

    Dec 30, 2013
    That would be great thanks. I'm mostly worried about the winter months and want the chickens to be able to run free in the barn during the day.
  9. Mewzikl

    Mewzikl Chirping

    Sep 15, 2017
    OMG, I LOVE this! I just got this coop and was wondering how to put an automatic door on it. I know this is an old post, but you mentioned you were going to show close up pics on how you did it. If you are still on this site, would you be able to post pics? I am new and trying to figure out how to get my coop/run etc setup to be pretty automatic. This would totally help! Thank you!

  10. crowdofmyself

    crowdofmyself Chirping

    Jun 10, 2018
    Athens, GA
    I was just searching for an answer to this exact same question. I just got a small Formex snaplock coop with the curved door, and I'm hoping to get a pop door setup for it, too. Anyone got any advice? Mewzikl, did you find anything?

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