This is the second phase of the automatic chicken coop door conversion project. I installed an Add A Motor D20 chicken coop door motor into my existing coop. Click here to read about phase one.
I took pictures while retrofitting the automatic door into my chicken coop. See below for step by step installation procedure.
Step One – Remove Existing Chicken Door
The first thing to do is remove the old chicken door from the coop. The picture shows the entrance to the coop with no door.
Step Two – Install Door Stop
The second step is to install the door stop. The new chicken door will rest on the door stop when the motor lowers it into the closed position.
Step Three – Install The Door Cover And Rails
Next, install the door cover and rails. This assembly was built during phase one inside the work shop. Now it can be easily installed by securing it with screws to the chicken coop.
The picture shows the space constraints of dealing with an existing coop. There was no room in my coop for pre built solution.
Step Four – Run Power To The Coop
Run an electrical extension cord or other power source to the chicken coop. The picture also shows a step that has been put in place to make it easy for the chickens to come and go.
Step Five – Install Chicken Door Motor, Power Supply And New Door
Next install the new chicken door in the closed position. Then install the motor on to the mounting bracket. Then install the power supply. I have used 17 gauge wire and a small piece of 2×2 to secure the power supply to the door cover. The power cables have been secured with zip ties.
Step Six – Test The Automatic Chicken Door
Finally, it is time to test the automatic chicken door installation to make sure the door opens properly.
- Automatic Chicken Door Conversion Phase One.
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- Chicken tractor page.
- Chicken Coop 2.0.
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