ADOR1 customers: Please email us your installation pictures. Thank you to Jamie M. in Indiana, Carol G. in New Hampshire, Buddy A. in Illinois, and Ted C. in California, Mike G. in North Carolina, and Tanja B. in Texas Panhandle for your pictures. Even from these installations you can see examples of how quick and easy some have installed the door versus some who put some extensive effort into it.
Several pictures are shown on the Jamie's installation of a "recessed" door. This is a little more work but Jamie did a really neat job. He had to do something because the exterior wall of his coop is corrugated. Carol's husband Jay even made a little "lobby" for the ADOR1. That helps keep it warmer in the coop. Buddy's and Tanja's pictures show a simple surface mount installation... it can be as easy as hanging a picture on a wall.
We recommend an overhang and on a flat wall, but not all these examples will show that.
Ted had a tunnel from the run to the coop, so he dropped the business end of the door down through a slot he cut in the top of the tunnel. To see these pictures go to the Catalog and click on the ADOR1 ad (or click here) and you will see a gallery of pictures under the ad.
Thanks for your pictures. Please keep them coming.
When you select an automatic door to purchase for your coop, do you have any idea to what extent the manufacturer tested the door design? We have probably done more testing and evaluation than we suspect the other door manufacturers have done... and we continue to evaluate and improve.
We have just completed some testing at temperature extremes, using this industrial Environmental Chamber. You can see the temperature is set to -30 and has achieved -28 degrees. Without help from liquid Nitrogen, this chamber can't get colder than that!
We subjected an ADOR1 to the nominal -30 deg C (-20 deg F) to be sure there were no mechanical problems for operation at that temperature. Putting the ADOR1 in continuous cycle mode, we watched the door go up/down with no problems while subjected to these temperatures for about 30 minutes. Then we tested that the ADOR1 responded to light properly at -30 degrees C. We don't know if anyone would want to operate a chicken door at such a temperature extreme, but this is a measurement of reliability and ruggedness. The ADOR1 came through with flying colors.
The next test was to do the same thing at the high temperature extreme of +150 degrees F (+65 deg C). We don't expect such extremely high temperature to be what a coop will be exposed to, but if it works at 150 degrees we have a great margin. Again, we observed no problems at the high temperature either. We observed the light sensitivity increased a little bit at higher temperature compared to freezing temperatures, and this is not a bad thing. It is better that opening would be a bit later and closing would be a bit earlier in very cold weather.
Watch the video of the ADOR1 running a continuous cycle test at 150 degrees Fahrenheit. We didn't post a video of the other temperature tests. The lab tests at -20 degrees and +150 degrees Fahrenheit were performed on an individual random sample from production. Test results are provided as qualitative indication that the ADOR1 is rugged and reliable at normal temperatures extremes where these test points are outside of what we recommend for use.
The following is a video of the ADOR1 exposed to simulated falling rain. The box remains protected from the water. We recommend the ADOR1 be installed so that it is protected from falling rain, especially since water can freeze in the channels and immobilize the door. There are no wooden parts that can swell and bind and the electronics is protected from surface condensation.
IF YOU MOUNT SIDEWAYS THEN YOU MUST HAVE ADOR COVERED FROM FALLING WATER. THE ENCLOSURE DOES NOT SHED RAIN IF MOUNTED HORIZONTALLY.
NOTE: We do sell a Canopy to help protect ADOR from falling precipitation. Some people like the Canopy just for the looks of it.
NEW PRODUCT RELEASE - ADOR1 Automatic Door for Chicken Coops
The ADOR1 Automatic Door for Chicken Coops started its roll-out in 2012 and with the best price we've ever seen for a complete automatic door. It is fast becoming the New Standard... what people expect now from an automatic chicken door.
This is a product loaded with features and reliability even at our new price which will make it still the best value.
And is there really any comparison with another unit that uses switches that can clog with dander? ...or that relies on gravity to pull it closed? ... or that uses AC power so it doesn't work when the power utility is down? ...or uses solar power because it is such a power hog that the $20 battery needs constantly to be recharged? (did you factor the battery into the overall price?).
The ADOR1 does not use mechanical switches... switches can jam, contacts can fail...so we don't do that. The ADOR1 uses a direct sprocket drive powered by a gearmotor. Not an expensive screwdrive that requires lots of headroom and can get clogged with dander, and not a string lift that relies entirely on gravity to pull it shut. When the door is closed, the ADOR1 keeps the brakes on, and a bottom rail keeps paws out.
We have not sacrificed quality to give you a great product at a low price.
Our basic Automatic Chicken Door does not have "alarm clock"
settings. Who wants to punch buttons ... I don't like setting my own
alarm clock. And sunrise and sunset times change by at least one minute
every day. During some times of the year, the day to day change in
sunrise and sunset can be easily more than 6 minutes. There is no need
to have ANYTHING but a truly automatic door that obeys the sun... that's
what the chickens do. That's what the chickens want. And that's all
you want. So that's what we have. A door that obeys the sun.
INSTALL IT AND FORGET IT
Like Ron Popeil of RONCO says... "set it and forget it". Shhhhh --
don't say that around chickens...he's the one with the chicken
rotisserie! Except the ADOR1 automatic chicken door is even better...
you don't HAVE to set it. There are some things you CAN set but you
don't have to. Just install it and forget it. OK, that's our motto
then: "install it and forget it".
EXTRA.... EXTRA.... READ ALL ABOUT THE "EXTRA FEATURES"
The ADOR1 is already the best automatic chicken door and for the
lowest price. Well that's what they ALL say.. but check it out! So
while we are already ahead of the game, I'll tell you about our extra
features. Admittedly, the accessories are not yet on our website for
you to order, but get the door and you can add accessories later because
the ADOR1 comes standard with an auxiliary output or "aux output".
WAIT. WHAT ARE THE BASIC FEATURES?
Read farther down for the extra features. I haven't said
enough about the basic features. The basic ADOR1 was not just cobbled
together by a couple retired guys who took their Christmas Tree light
timer and a drapery opener or what? ... Motorized car antenna assembly?
..And fashioned up a hobby-like device and then charge $200 or $250 by
the time you add the "photocell"... And the reason some are "solar" is
probably supposed to get you to bite because you figure you don't have
to have AC Electric wired to your coop. OK. But the ADOR1 runs long on
a battery of the type you put in your flashlight! If you run "solar",
what do you need? You have some 12V lead acid battery that costs $15 or
$20 and when it doesn't charge anymore, then you have to have HazMat
come and dispose it for you? Well, its not that bad yet, or I don't
know. You can't just throw away a lead-acid car battery.. they charge
you to take it.
I digress...about the basic features. To start with, the ADOR1 was
designed by an electrical engineer who has experience designing not only industrial electronic equipment, but also consumer appliances! The ADOR1 is an appliance. NOT a kit. NOT a "one-off" (in
England the say "One Off" and in Texas we say "prototype"). The ADOR1 is a finished complete consumer product. The
controller board in the ADOR1 was designed for the ADOR1 and for nothing
else. It is not both a breath-mint and a candy...not a floor wax and a
dessert topping (humor credit goes to SNL 1977)... it is not a multi-purpose thing...it is only a
custom developed controller for the ADOR1.
The ADOR1 is designed to draw only about 60 millionths of an amp, and
the motor only draws around a fifth of an amp and that's usually only
for 10 seconds twice a day. Will the door arm wrestle with you? Nope.
You won't be cutting off the heads of slow chickens with it. It will
smush them a little and then go back up, and they will take a run for it
and probably learn to be quicker. The closing force is less than 8
pounds so imagine asking your chicken if you can put an 8 pound book on
top of her. She can take it for a moment.
If something is keeping the door from opening or closing, such as an
obstruction that fell into the doorway, the ADOR1 controller senses that
the door did not reach the end. It can sense that the motor stalls and
cannot overcome the obstacle. So the ADOR1 controller reverses the
motor direction and backs up a couple inches and then tries again. It
will retry 3 times before it stops trying. The ADOR1 will indicate this
alarm condition through its soundmaker. Being that the sound is not
loud, the condition that the door is stuck may not be noticed. Plan-B
is to make use of the extra feature which is described farther down this
page about the "external alarm".
At least if there is something in the doorway, the ADOR1 will close
down on it for the night which is the best it can do to defeat night
predators. Same for opening in the morning. If ice has formed in the
door slide channels and the door cannot open all the way, it will open
as wide as it can... which may mean it can't open. It is up to you to install in such a way to keep ice from forming in the guides by keeping falling rain from running into the door assembly.
Another feature is that the ADOR1 directly drives the door with a
sprocket. When the door is down, there is a bottom rail that makes it
very difficult for a smart raccoon to get his claw in there to open the
door. And then he would have to really muscle it because the motor has
it's brakes on. The sprocket, the gear box, the motor brakes, and the
bottom rail, all help to defeat a clever predator from prying in to the
coop through the closed door. We have applied for a patent on the
direct drive of the door.
Another basic feature is the ADOR1 has a button that you can push to
manually operate the door. You can pulse the button and the door will
open or close or you can hold the button down and "jog" the door to any
position you want.
Also, there is a tiny soundmaker that beeps in a very high pitch.
It beeps one short sound when it detects end of travel. It beeps two
long sounds when you command it manually. Actually it beeps codes:
Morse Code. You don't have to learn Morse Code but if you want to, you
can follow what the ADOR1 is thinking as it beeps. I don't think this is
going to be annoying because it is really subtle when the cover is on.
But it beeps "E" for "End", "M" for "Manual", "L" for "Light" and "R"
for "Reclose" and "SOS" to warn you of a problem, followed by "O" for
"Obstacle" or "B" for "Battery". It should come in handy if there's a
problem to be troubleshooted (or is it "troubleshot"?).
LIGHT SENSITIVITY SETTING - BASIC FEATURE
Then we have a couple of basic features that can be re-programmed.
One feature is that you can change the light sensitivity to one of three
levels. The resultant is to: OPEN EARLY / CLOSE LATE; or OPEN LATE /
CLOSE EARLY; or the factory setting which is to OPEN and CLOSE pretty
close to the published Sunrise and Sunset time for your location. Expect minutes of variation depending cloud cover.
LAST CALL - BASIC FEATURE
Another basic feature that is re-programmable is what we call "Last
Call". The idea is some chickens may dilly dally and the door may close
while they chase after a cicada or June bug, or whatever chickens may
be distracted by at a time when they should seriously be thinking of
entering the coop to roost. So the door closes as there's that one or
two of your girls who missed the boat. No worries. Not if you have
enabled "Last Call". If Last Call is enabled, then the door will open
up again after a few minutes and stay open for a short period of time
and then close finally for the night.
Back to the Extra Features. By extra I mean you need some extra
accessory but the feature is still basic to the ADOR1. That is: the
programming is included in the ADOR1 and the "Aux Output" is included.
We will have contraptions for you to buy to add on to your door to take
advantage of these features, if you should want them.
These features are called: Night Light, Ova Light, and External Alarm
The NightLight is a light you mount inside the coop. It should at
least dimly illuminate where the chickens roost. It turns on while the
door is still open, before it closes, and stays on for a while after the
door closes. It helps draw the chickens into the coop and helps them
see enough to find their roosting spot. Stay tuned to this web-site for
this accessory. There is an electrical connector on the ADOR1
controller board where accessories are plugged into.
OVA LIGHT - INCREASE EGG PRODUCTION!
The OvaLight is an accessory you mount inside the coop where your
hens will experience the light where they roost or nest. The
idea is that egg production drops off in the winter because the hen's
retinas are in the dark too long. That's because the earth rotates on a
tilted axis that makes, up here in the Northern Hemisphere, shorter
days in the winter. But you learned that before you were a fifth
grader... just in case you forgot.
Hormones are stimulated through the neural connection between the
chicken retina to the chicken brain to chicken pituitary via a
neuro-chemical pathway and cascades toward follicle stimulation hormone
(FSH) production within the pituitary. The FSH molecule is carried to
the ovaries through the chicken's circulatory system. Then the chicken
ovaries have little follicles from whence are created tiny little
proto-ova, which are stimulated by the FSH.
Well, admittedly I made that up. I'm just an engineer. But it
sounds pretty good, huh. No. All I really think I know I read
somewhere that people think hens will produce more eggs if they have
more light. Sounds reasonable to me.
Here's how the ADOR1 automatic chicken door OvaLight accessory
works. It only works if you enable it. Factory default setting has
OvaLight disabled. If it is enabled, a timer within the ADOR1
electronic controller starts when the door shuts for the night. The
timer runs for approximately 8 hours. After that delay, the aux output
is turned on, and if you have it connected to the OvaLight then the hens
receive light starting at that time. Why not. They already got a good
8 hours sleep! More than I get. No, I'm just sayin'. Personally, I
think they worked hard all summer and now they can rest a little for the
winter. Seriously, I think it is a good idea to increase your
production if that's what you want to do. The light stays on until dawn
and automatically shuts off.
So if the sun goes down at 8PM and comes up at 6:30AM, the OvaLight
will be on from 4AM to Dawn and the hens will get an extra 2.5 hours of
light. Another way to figure it is simply the hens get 16 hours of
light every day while the OvaLight is enabled. That's not like 16 hours
of daylight though because the extra light in the coop does not have to
be so bright.
So come back to the www.AdorStore.com web site and see when we will have an add-on kit for the OvaLight.
What if a branch falls in the doorway of your coop? The door can't
close all the way. What if the door can't open? What if the battery
dies? A basic feature of the ADOR1 is that it has a soundmaker that
taps out SOS softly to warn you the battery is low. When it does that
you should swap the battery with a fresh battery and you can let the low
battery live out the rest of its life in a flashlight where its end of
life is more obvious and not on a "critical mission". But if you don't
and the battery dies in the door, then it may have enough juice to be
alive but not enough to power the motor.
The aux output comes to the rescue. You can use this option where
you enable the external alarm and connect an accessory we will offer
that will operate a light that you can mount where you should see it
from your house. The light blinks to tell you there's something wrong.
You should then go to clear the alarm by replacing the battery or by
removing the obstruction.
Again, please watch the www.AdorStore.com website for this accessory being offered in the future.
MORE THAN A DOOR
So see? The ADOR1 is more than "A DOOR", and THAT is how you pronounce
it if you haven't realized it yet: ADOR sounds like A DOOR or like
ADORE. We hope you ADORE the ADOR.
CAN I MOUNT ADOR1 HORIZONTALLY?
We have received some requests for whether ADOR1 can be mounted so the door slides horizontally.
Yes, it works sideways!
If your coop has a short wall, mounting sideways may be a solution for you.
WARNING: Just make certain that it is not where rain, or water can fall on it. If on the side, the lid cannot provide the roof-function to keep the electronics from getting wet.
Also you will need to block the battery from falling against the motor or board... use tape or Velcro.