sun activated coop door

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kevintmckay, Jul 15, 2010.

  1. kevintmckay

    kevintmckay Hatching

    May 18, 2010
    I was thinking about making a coop door with a photosensitive switch so it closes when it gets dark and opens when it gets light has anybody done this yet?
  2. K8tieCat

    K8tieCat Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Northern California
    I have a solar operated automatic door and I love it. All the girls know the small sound it makes that they are either free to go outside in the mornings or they'd better hurry up and get inside at night if they don't want to sleep outside. Even the babies know when it's time to go in and out. Since I work long days and cannot always be home to let them in/out, this works out great for me.
  3. lovinlife

    lovinlife Songster

    I'd love to have something like that! Where did you find it?
  4. Green_Eggs_and_Ham

    Green_Eggs_and_Ham Songster

    May 6, 2010
    Hi, This is exactly the idea I have been looking for as well. I've posted a couple posts asking for solar panels for my motor. I have the Add a motor 20 . I bought it at Discount Automation, but had to install it with a electrical timer. I want to get as much of my electricity OFF THE GRID. So I am looking for a panel to go with this .


  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    The automatic coop door made by Foy's uses a light sensor AND I LOVE IT!

    Now, this is, of course, a completed auto door system, not a make it yourself system. But it uses the light sensor. If you're not handy enough to make a system, this is a great one to buy. Pricey but worth every penny.
  6. Green_Eggs_and_Ham

    Green_Eggs_and_Ham Songster

    May 6, 2010
    Quote:Don't need a light sensor, I need a solar panel to run the motor. The Discount Automation one seemed a lot easier to install (I already had the plexiglass and frame built) and way more COST effective ($90.00). I see now they put the manual on there site too.

    Wasn't up there when I was doing research. That would have been cool to see before I bought it. Doesn't matter though, it's still easy.

    Anyone going solar?

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