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Converting our Shed into a Chicken Coop: The Automatic Door

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I love the way our chicken coop has been turning out but my favorite thing might just be the door. Yep, the door.

Have you been following along on our shed-to-chicken-coop conversion?  (Make sure to see Part One and Part Two.) If so, you’ll remember my darling hubby decided to run some electricity to the coop so I could have an electric door. I didn’t know anyone that had one, but when I saw the Automatic Chicken Coop Door web site during my endless chicken research, I couldn’t get the idea of having one out of my head. For a reasonable price I wouldn’t have to worry about if my girls were safely tucked away every night (whether I was home or not), or having to wait for me to get them out in the morning.

We got our door pretty quickly and set about putting it right in. The girls were almost ready to move into their new digs, and the door was one of the last things for us to add. One of the things that sold me on this model was the installation video that the Automatic Chicken Coop Door company has on their site. It looked super easy to install.  And when we opened the box, everything was labeled and ready to go.

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With the template provided, my hubby simply traced around it, then drilled guide holes in each corner.

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Once the holes were in, he took a Sawzall and just followed his guideline to remove the piece where the door was to go.

automatic chicken coop door

automatic chicken coop door

Once that cut had been made, the hubby fit the door in, right between the studs. This model is so well thought out.  It’s the perfect size to fit between studs and it also sits flush against them incase you finish off the inside of your coop with installation and drywall.

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We connected the door at the top, then secured it at the bottom. (By the way, any time I say ‘we’, you know I just mean ‘him’ right?  I was obviously very busy taking photos of the process for you, my dear readers. You’re welcome.) We also added the inside trim piece.

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automatic chicken coop door

automatic chicken coop door

Next we went to the outside and added the finishing trim that was provided.  They really did think of everything! The trim really makes it look finished off and I so appreciate the craftsmanship on this detail.

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We needed to modify the existing trim just a smidge on the outside.  Nothing a little chisel couldn’t make quick work of.

automatic chicken coop door

And last but not least, the power adaptor and timer.  All you do is plug it into the adaptor in the door, and plug it into your power outlet. We painted the outside trim green to match the existing coop trim color, too. I love knowing the girls are always tucked away at night, even when I’m not home, and I love seeing them pop out in the morning.

I’m probably pretty spoiled with the ease of this part of having chickens now.  But that’s okay, I don’t mind. It’s making the experience all that more enjoyable and stress free by having this door.

If you are considering an automatic chicken coop door, I can’t say enough great things about this one.  And if you weren’t thinking of one, are you now?  We honestly couldn’t be happier. By the way, I noticed on the Automatic Chicken Coop Door site that they have motors you can add to your existing coop door as well.

automatic chicken coop door

Do any of you have an automatic door for your coop?  I’d love to hear about them in the comments. And check back soon for the final part of the series, where I go over the whole finished coop.

Oh and I just created a Farm to Table You Tube channel.  I hope to be adding more and more videos to it soon.  Please take a moment to head on over and subscribe and ‘like’ the little chicken door clip.  It will definitely encourage me. 🙂

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Brandon Sparks
    August 12, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    This is so very cool. I really need to try and make something like this. Thanks for the great idea..

    • Reply
      Farm to Table
      August 12, 2016 at 10:37 pm

      We are loving it! Let me know if you get one. 🙂

  • Reply
    Jim
    March 29, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    I have one of these! I agree both my chickens and I love it! Im on 7 going on 8 year with my Automatic Chicken Coop Door and I’ve rarely had to do anything to it. I only adjust the timer occasionally to the changing seasons but thats it. I highly recommend an Automatic Chicken Coop Door. I used to rush home from dinner with friends to lock the chickens up before something got into the coop and ate all of them but now I’m much more relaxed knowing my chickens door will close automatically at night.

    • Reply
      Farm to Table
      March 30, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      Hi Jim, Yep this has been such a great addition to our chicken keeping. I had to go on an emergency day trip out of town recently and I didn’t even worry about the girls. Can’t imagine not having one at this point!

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