Video of my automatic coop door

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by matimeo, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. matimeo

    matimeo Songster

    Jul 29, 2010
    Here's a link to my automatic door opener. I ended up buying the D-20 automatic pop door opener and fastening it to my own sliding pop door. It was the cheapest option and has worked great. I didn't see many videos that reviewed it in any depth, so here you get a close up on how it works.

  2. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Songster

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    Um, that's really nice but... WHERE'S MINE?! Oh wait, I probably need an actual coop first. [​IMG]

    Pretty cool stuff! [​IMG]
  3. Great idea [​IMG]
  4. auto5man

    auto5man Songster

    Jul 27, 2011
    Okay, I'm impressed. Also the first time I've seen a pop door on drawer slides, that is slick!
  5. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Songster

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    This may not be a good question but what's the chance a hen could be late going in and get caught halfway into the house and have the door get her? Or is that even a matter that's of any concern at all? I would feel might guilty if one got shut out once and some varmit killed her.
  6. matimeo

    matimeo Songster

    Jul 29, 2010
    Quote:That's a good question. The door only weighs two pounds so it couldn't really hurt the chicken even if it happened to be there. Gravity is the only force acting on it to make it close. My chickens always let themselves in at night before dark. I have it setup to close for a good 30 minutes or more after they go in at night and haven't had a problem. In the year ive had chickens ive never had one try to roost anywhere other than in the coop or I supposes that if they all if the sudden did they might just really be wanting to remove themselves from the gene pool. The chances of it are so remote that im not worrying about it.
  7. WelshSpringChicken

    WelshSpringChicken In the Brooder

    I'm looking at installing an automatic door in my coop (when it's built!) but due to costing will probably be going down the 'homemade' route.

    Liking the drawer runners by the way, genius [​IMG]
  8. stubbornhill

    stubbornhill Songster

    Apr 11, 2011
    Shapleigh, Maine
    Yes, the drawer slides are an ingenious idea! [​IMG]

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