How to make your chicken coop door open automatically

Fitting a vsb automatic chicken house door opener is really quick and easy.

Just for fun I timed myself fitting this door installation and it took less than 4 minutes.

You’ll need:

VSB door opener

The door

 

8 screws to suit the timber you’re attaching it to (we use 25×3.5mm)

a short piece of string.

First mount the door.

The bottom screw forms the lower door stop

The bottom screw forms the lower door stop

The lower screws form the bottom door stop that the door must rest against when it is closed.  Attach the first runner with the bottom screw, straighten the runner and fit the top screw. Rest the door on the screw and position the runner on the other side and attach with a screw in the bottom hole.  Now lift the door up to the top to check that it slides freely and fit the last screw in the top of the runner.

The lower screws for the door stop and the top ones are on the outside so as to not obstruct the door.

The lower screws for the door stop and the top ones are on the outside so as to not obstruct the door.

Now attach the cord from the vsb using a short piece of cord.  The easiest way is to remove the door from the runner so you can work with it on the flat but this is not essential.  Why use an extra piece of cord?  You could use the cord that is coming out of the VSB but you need to maintain the knot that actuates the stop switch inside the unit and this is actually quite fiddly to do.

The easiest way to attach the door to the cord is to use another piece of cord

The easiest way to attach the door to the cord is to use another piece of cord

Now remove the lid of the VSB so you can access the mounting holes which are behind the each of the lid screws.  Re fit the door into it’s runners and hold the VSB unit so the door is hung in the open position.

The trickiest part of installing the VSB is getting the screws to come out of the back of the unit without falling off the screwdriver!  I find the best way is to stick the screw to the screwdriver and then, swiftly and in one movement, aim the screw into the back of the hole. Licking the head of the screw is often enough to stick the screw to the screwdriver.

Once you have one screw in you can level the box and then fit the other 3 screws.

VSBb automatic chicken house door opener with a hen size door

VSBb automatic chicken house door opener with a hen size door

Your vsb door opener is now ready for the batteries to be fitted, tested and the lid refitted

 

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Brand Name
AXT
Product Name
VSBb
Price
GBP 99
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Once upon a time, not so very long ago Auntie Bev arrived at Louise's 16th birthday clutching a rather tatty box, full of holes and tied up with orange baler twine. Louise opened the box and out sprang two chickens. (And also the birth of Wells Poultry but we didn't realise until later) Louise thought this was great although Lesley (Louise's mum) was not impressed to say the least. Now, a cardboard box isn't the best home for a pair of chickens so next morning I was off to that well know DIY shop in search of timber with a vague idea of what a chicken house looked like. And so our first chicken house was created. Sadly these first two chickens were swiped by a fox within a few weeks so we bought a trio of birds from a local breeder. I'm sure that is a familiar story to a lot of people - 2 chickens become 3 and then 3 become 6 and then you need more housing..... Suffice to say, six months later I was building chicken houses full time in the back garden of a terrace house in Reading. Another year on and we moved to Wales for more space and the business continued to grow. We're now preparing to open our new workshop which will double our current space and allow us to take on more staff.... We attribute much of our success to the fact that we are very similar to many of our customers, we're content to keep a few chickens in the back garden as much for amusement as the eggs they produce. We don't have acres of land so know the limitations a back garden flock. And we firmly believe that the only time you'll need to buy another chicken house is when you need a bigger one not because it's fallen apart.
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