chicken coop motor
Motor easily connects to your coop door and
automatically opens it every morning and
closes it at night. Installs in minutes.
Plug motor into your lamp timer switch and
the rest is automatic. It saves you time
everyday and can help protect your hens
and eggs. $89.95 to $99.95.
No AC power ... No problem! Use a battery.
Made in the USA from domestic and imported components.
“I can leave my chickens for the weekend and not worry.” Steve, Vermont
“My chickens make a ruckus if I don't open the door on time, and then my neighbors complain.
My problem is that I can't get up at that hour because of my work schedule. I really appreciate the
good sleep that I now get because of my new motor.” Cindy, California
“My husband gave it to me as a gift. I thought it was silly but now I’d never give it up.” Robin, Texas
“Nice product … saves me time … and I don’t lose sleep wondering if I closed the door.” Jack, Missouri
“I work on machinery that must operate in a dirty environment. My chicken coop gets gunky too so I didn’t expect the
motor to last. After some years it finally quit. I called thinking I had to buy a new motor but your rep diagnosed the
problem. I only had to buy a $9 part and repaired it myself. Now it’s back at work and good to go. Thank you”
“I don’t lose chickens and eggs to varmints like I used to. Motor paid for itself in a few months.” Meg, Oregon
“The battery feature is quite satisfactory given no electric power at our hen house.” Edward, England
door materials & PLANS ... control switches ... automatic night light/security system
1, materials We recommend coop door and frames made from stabilized wood products, plexiglas, aluminum, marine plywood, or 2-side tempered masonite. These materials offer trouble free operation. Maximum: 10 pounds.
2. predator-resistant door - particularly raccoons - metal doors have advantage
Visit following website, scroll down and click any drawing to enlarge it for detail and dimensions. You do not need all design features shown, but definitely add a 2-inch high horizontal lip (not shown) at bottom so that the bottom edge of your door closes snuggly behind the lip, seals out wind, and prevents predators from lifting the door from the outside.
3. CHOOSE A PROPER TIMER
dusk-to-dawn timers do NOT work correctly. They can give a false dusk signal that locks your chickens out overnight.
We recommend lamp timer switches. Our favorite is a digital timer with battery backup because it will save your settings and correct time-of-day during a power outage (battery does not run motor). Some are “astronomic” and automatically adjust to daylight savings time changes. We also like rotary dial timers that are inexpensive, easy to use and reliable.
4. Automatic night light FREE PLANS ... Automatic night light and security system for your coop.
Here is how it works, and how it can help you:
5. IF YOU HAVE FREQUENT ELECTRIC POWER OUTAGES
A Universal Power Supply (UPS) can give you peace of mind. Sometimes called a computer backup power
supply, these devices are not expensive and can keep your chicken coop door opening and closing even during power
interruptions. Here is how it works ...
The UPS plugs into the AC electric outlet in your coop. You plug your timer switch into the UPS, and then plug the
D20 motor into your timer. The UPS constantly passes AC power directly to your timer to keep it running as normal.
But if your AC power goes OFF, the UPS automatically goes to work. Inside the UPS is a battery, plus a sensor that
monitors your AC power supply. When AC power goes OFF, the sensor instantly detects it and automatically converts
battery power to AC power to keep your timer running. It can supply AC power for hours even while your motor is
running. So, if AC power goes OFF when your coop door is supposed to open or close, everything will still work as
you scheduled. When AC power comes back ON, the battery is recharged and ready for the next power outage.
UPS devices are readily available at Target, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Staples and on-line. Wal-Mart offers a 450VA UPS
Model BE450G. The higher the VA or Watt rating (600VA is more power than 450VA), the longer period of time the
UPS will keep things running. Staples offer CyberPower Model CP625HG which has 625VA. Shop around for best
deal ... but do not buy used. If the power in your area goes off for only short periods of time, you probably don't
need a UPS. However, if power goes off frequently for an hour or more, or is unpredictable, a UPS can give you
peace of mind and keep your chickens safe.
12 volt Battery & charger Supplier: www.cabelas.com In Search Window enter “IK-018049”
12-volt Timers: Check price and availability of following
Model TM619-12 Supplier: www.timerco.com Tel: 1-888-874-6280
Model BRX1224PTS1 Supplier: www.brazix.com Tel: 1-305-433-4434
Model The Timer Supplier: www.foreverlastonline.com Tel: 1-361-798-1530
Model Redneck Digital Supplier: www.foreverlastonline.com Tel: 1-361-798-1530
12 volt Solar Charger Supplier: www.basspro.com In Search Window enter “38-830-842-00”
Note: Many of the above components were successfully used to operate D20 motors in remote areas. We added a 12 volt solar charger and our battery remained fully charged. Without solar charger, battery needed monthly charging; more often in winter and northern geographic locations.
Correct Timer: Never use a 12-volt timer that has "Adjustable (low, med, hi) motor speed control".
Correct Battery: 12-volt, minimum 8Ah. Note: the higher the Ah, the more dependable the battery will be.
Correct Solar Charger: 12-volt to 18-volt, 1 Watt to 2 Watts.
SHIPPING AND available models
We ship throughout the world. Our motors can be used in any country regardless of AC electric power supply or socket. The following examples are what we supply and what you may need depending on your location.
We will send you an email confirmation of your order, and a second email when it ships. Domestic orders usually ship within 24 hours by Priority Mail so you can expect to receive your motor in just a few days.
How to Order ... For desired Model, press "Add To Cart" once. Wait until secure link is established.
Model D20 for use in USA ... Canada ... Mexico
Model D20 with AC-DC Adapter: $99.95.
Included Adapter requires plugs into standard AC outlet. D20 motor can also be operated by optional 12-volt battery. Priority Mail = $9.90
Canada and Mexico. Orders shipped uninsured mail. If you required insurance, please specify on Order Page in Comment Section. Shipping rates:
Uninsured First Class Mail = $15.65 (10 to 12 days delivery).
Insured First Class Mail = $31.50 (6 to 10 days delivery).
Model D20-X for use in Australia ... Europe
Model D20-X: $89.95. Customer supplies AC-DC Adapter or 12-volt battery and timer.
Requires 12-volt battery or AC-DC Adapter with 12-volts DC, 1 Amp, unregulated output, with round plug 5.5-mm OD x 2.1-mm ID, center-positive (a common Adapter and plug worldwide).
Australia and Europe. Orders shipped uninsured mail. If you required insurance, please specify on Order Page in Comment Section. Shipping rates:
Uninsured First Class Mail = $18.50 (10 to 14 days delivery).
Insured First Class Mail = $49.80 (6 to 10 days delivery).
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