Anyone have an Ador door? I'm leaning twds trying it since my area is away from house and elec. And also, I'm cheap (frugal) and am in process of getting a metal shed for my 9 gals -- thnx everyone, Pat
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Yea, it's pretty great. Love it. Plug and play.
I use expensive Duracel 6v batteries though, and the first one didn't even last six months. I don't have the last call option on either, it is all default. My first battery could've been a fluke, but even if I have to change batteries four times a year I still love it.
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I have one of these as well, I like it/them a great deal.
The only problem I'm having is that it won't open up early enough. By 7 am it's light and my chickens want out of the coop. I've been having to manually open it every morning, not good. My door faces the north and I have a light (set on a timer) on the outside of my coop above the door that comes on at 6:30 am. So far that hasn't helped it to open up earlier. I have the outside sensor cord and may have to run it from the outside to the inside where I also have a light set on a timer to come on. I did that before but if it got dark outside from bad weather it closed them out of the coop so looks like I'll have to leave a light on all day in the coop.
I'm hoping Rod will get the timer option done and for sale soon, that would solve all my problems.
Finally got my door to open when I want in the am. I tried using the sensor on the inside of the coop close to a light on a timer and I can't explain why but that didn't work. So, I put the sensor on the outside up under the outside coop light which is on a timer and it's working. The inside light of the coop comes on at 6:45 am and the outside light comes on at 6:50 am and within a less than a minute the door opened. This has worked for the past few days, I'm so happy.
I could get the door to close at night on option 1 (option 2 didn't work at all am or pm) but I couldn't get it to open in the morning until bright sunlight.
Battery life has been really good. I keep an extra one handy just in case.
I would still be interested in the timer option when Rod gets it developed. It would simplify my setup with so many timers and make it easier to adjust due to the changing length of days from summer to winter.
Edited by pfields - 10/16/15 at 5:17am
Just a note, I don't have a problem with my door opening when the days are longer, it's just when the days get shorter. Since moving the sensor to the outside under the light it has worked great all week.