NFU Mutual Smallholding Insurance

Author Topic: Do automatic poultry door openers/closer cope with ice and snow in Scotland?  (Read 1052 times)

Kasia

  • Joined Aug 2012
Hello
I'm thinking of installing a battery operated automatic door opener/closer for my hens. Living up a hill in the Highlands of Scotland  I suspect it will work very well until the low temperatures and snow comes along.  If you have any experience of this I would be grateful to know what you think or if you have any tips.
Thanks.
Voss Electric Fence

Womble

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Stirlingshire, Central Scotland
Hi Kasia,
 
I've had a VSB opener for a couple of years now, and yes, I have had problems with snow and ice!
 
I had it mounted on the inside of the coop, with the external light sensor stuck through a hole in the wall, just underneath the 'eaves'. This bit worked fine - the electronics were kept nice and dry, and the sensor never got covered in snow.
 
What I think may have killed it was ice forming overnight in the slidy track of the pop-hole. Basically if the door jams before it's all the way up, the motor will keep on trying. The symptoms for me were that the (new) batteries were completely flat, and although the motor still worked, the electronic controller was dead. Importantly, the unit was replaced by the manufacturers under warranty without quibble (it was only later I made the connection with the icing up).
 
To solve this, I've now put a three-sided 'porch' around the pop-hole. This keeps all the wet and snow off it, and I've had no further problems.  Likewise, if you install your system with some careful thought, I'm sure you'll be fine too  :thumbsup: .
"All fungi are edible. Some fungi are only edible once." -Terry Pratchett

robbiegrant

  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Cupar. North East Fife
  • The Mighty Kroshka!
    • Exclusive Luxury Holiday Villa for Rent in Goa
GREETINGZ...
We where wondering the same as we get it tight here in north east fife too.
Maybe I will construct a wee porch on the inside and outside of our fence from the yard to the lade to keep the snow and ice off. I have heard alot about these VSB units... Unless we can find better one is defo on the shopping list when the ducklings start to venture down to the lade.
Cupar weather http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/hdfForecast?query=cupar
Goa weather http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/43192.html
Escape to paradise - http://www.vaastuvillagoa.com

It might look like I'm doing nothing, but at the cellular level I'm actually quite busy ;)

 

Automatic door openers/closers.

Started by Badger

Replies: 8
Views: 2762
Last post December 15, 2013, 10:09:30 am
by Stereo
Hen house door closer

Started by Daisys Mum

Replies: 16
Views: 4818
Last post June 29, 2010, 05:48:06 pm
by suziequeue
Automatic door opener

Started by graham-j

Replies: 10
Views: 3850
Last post August 30, 2012, 06:20:10 pm
by graham-j
Automatic Door Opener

Started by oor wullie

Replies: 8
Views: 2656
Last post January 27, 2013, 08:02:10 pm
by mab
Automatic door opener

Started by caz

Replies: 8
Views: 2033
Last post July 11, 2015, 02:11:14 pm
by Stereo

Forum sponsors

FibreHut Energy Helpline Thomson & Morgan Time for Paws Scottish Smallholder & Grower Festival Little Peckers

© The Accidental Smallholder Ltd 2003-2019. All rights reserved.

Design by Furness Internet

Site developed by Champion IS