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What is the most reliable opener for auto-opening a pop door?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by gale65, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. gale65

    gale65 Songster

    Next summer we'll be going on vacation and have no one that can come out in the morning and at night to open/close. We will have someone that can come during the day to gather eggs and check food/water but not after dark and not early in the am. We don't have any neighbors.

    So anyway, our best option will be to use an auto door opener. I am paranoid that it could fail and my chickens could be trapped inside or outside the coop so I want to make sure we get the most reliable one. I have until next summer to save up for it so I am not worried too much about cost, just want it to be the best. We have a door that slides up and down in a metal track.
     

  2. ChickenJill

    ChickenJill In the Brooder

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    I will be buying one today. I also need to know whick brand is the best...
     
  3. AlienChick

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    For me, this one seems to be the best.

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  4. gale65

    gale65 Songster

    Quote:That one swings out right? I need one that pulls the door up and lets it down.
     
  5. fireguy56

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    Quote:That one swings out right? I need one that pulls the door up and lets it down.

    Gale, I have and Add-a-Motor our our door and works great. No problems what so ever and simple to install. Here is photo of our set up.

    [​IMG] 1/8" aluminum door in wooden track, add-a-motor above that tied into timer.
     
  6. gale65

    gale65 Songster

    Quote:That one swings out right? I need one that pulls the door up and lets it down.

    Gale, I have and Add-a-Motor our our door and works great. No problems what so ever and simple to install. Here is photo of our set up.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/69010_door_motor-1.jpg 1/8" aluminum door in wooden track, add-a-motor above that tied into timer.

    Thanks. I don't know how I missed your post. I'll look into that one. Our door is a plastic cutting board that is fairly heavy (3 lbs maybe?). Would that motor lift that size door?

    also can it be set to close slowly? We had a pullet roosting in the doorway last night. ugh. Now I have that to worry about.
     
  7. Trish44

    Trish44 Songster

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    I have the automatic door from Fleming Outdoors, it has worked great so far for about 3 months. I like that it has no wood to rot & the door is aluminum so it won't rust. Just set the timer about 30 min. after the chickens normally go in to roost & it won't be a problem. I adjust as the time gets earlier for dark. The chickens go in before dark because they don't like being out, they can't see well.
     

  8. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

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    I have an add-a-motor as well, hooked up to a timer. Love it!

    You can see it in the background here:
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  9. gale65

    gale65 Songster

    These add-a-motor units-the dust doesn't bother them? Or are they just well sealed?
     
  10. Green_Eggs_and_Ham

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    Quote:Hi, we have ours framed in. But I know they are sealed tight. It's made for chicken coops.

    DH put it in the frame of the coop then covered it with some plywood. Works great! Never had a problem with it. [​IMG]

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