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Chicken controlled coop door

using the weight of chickens to close coop door at night

This chicken controlled coop door closer and opener is by far the most out of the box solution I've seen...and I've seen a lot of chicken coop door openers. It uses the combined weight of each bird through a system of pulleys to operate the door.

I love the fact that it doesn't need an electrical hook up or solar panels for power.

It looks like it might be a challenge to build. The end of the Youtube video directs the viewer to Ebay, but a quick search there turned up nothing.

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I love the idea and it would save me a trip to the coop every night. But, I expect 9 of my chickens would lock the 10th chicken out for the night.
Comment by steve late Friday morning, April 26th, 2013
Steve --- Yep, that's the troublesome part --- tweaking it just right so you don't end up leaving a bird outside. I suspect that's why the inventor hasn't managed to turn it into a product yet.
Comment by anna late Monday morning, April 29th, 2013
My husband designed an auto chicken coop door which opens in the a.m. & closes in the p.m. with a timer. He made his own circuit and motor. We've been using it for about a year now and it's wonderful! We just have to occasionally adjust the timer as the days get longer so that it closes later.
Comment by Mary C late Tuesday evening, April 30th, 2013

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