ChickenGuard Automatic Door Opener

Average User Rating:
4.77778/5,

Recent User Reviews

  1. mechanic57
    5/5,
    "Very convenient setup"
    Pros - Closes slow so it does not guillotine the chickens. Battery powered, long battery life, easy to install, easy to program, red flashing LED light indicates door closed and can be seen from far away at night to verify it closed the door.
    Cons - Wires connecting the battery case to the circuit board are thin, feel easy to break when changing batts

    Nothing tells you string length. Unwind it too far and it comes all the way out. requires disassembly entire unit to get it back on.
    Convenient. Easy to set up and program. Since my door slides up tracks that are inside a raised coop, I mounted my opener to the outside wall so I don't have to climb in the coop to change batteries. I have the string routed over a couple pulleys to keep the direction change smooth. Red LED light flashes when door is closed. It can easily be seen hundreds of feet away. Down side, nothing I saw on Amazon listed the length of the string. I let string unwind too far and it came out all the way. Its not tied to the motor inside the unit. To get it on, you have to completely disassemble the whole thing which may void warranty. I later read the string is 3 feet long and the manufacturer sells a 5 foot replacement.

    The wires that plug the battery case into the circuit board are thin as hairs and held on by small amount of solder. It seems very delicate and easy to break wires. Be careful when changing batteries. Overall, great alternative to having electrical power in coop.
  2. speedy2020
    4/5,
    "Decent automatic open/close door with AA..."
    Pros - Does what it should be
    Cons - Difficult to calibrate open and close door, expensive
    I purchased the Premium Chickenguard controller box only about 4 months ago. The motor can handle 2.2lbs and my aluminum door only weight .8lb, which heavy enough to close the door. I purchased this because the coop about 60 feet away from the house and it runs on the AA Nimh battery. It was expensive, but useful not to deal with open and close the coop every night. I did have trouble calibrate the door to open and close. The procedure is easy, but it tend to stop part way during the calibration process for some reason. The automatic door has been working fine after successful calibrated in the last 4 months. I also added a dual LED flasher light with battery operated 10 days ago for easy to see at night from distant when the door closed and deter predator away. It's also helpful when on vacation because I can put a wireless camera point at the coop and check through the phone. For those who on vacation or come home late, my recommendation 1) the automatic open/close door 2) automatic feeder 3) roll egg nest box 4) horizontal water system
    Overall:
    4
  3. med1pilot
    5/5,
    "Definite peace of mind"
    Pros - Lets the girls out in the morning at sunrise, and closes them in securely at dusk.
    Cons - Haven't come up with any yet, except maybe the cost
    I was a little squeamish about ordering the ChickenGuard door opener initially because of the price ($230 on Amazon). We ordered the ASTx Extreme model early in our coop build because it advertised the ability to lift heavier doors than the standard model, giving me options when it came to design. I have to say, the peace of mind it gives us has taken any doubt out of our minds about it being worth every penny. When we first moved our hens to the new coop, we wanted them to stay indoors for about a week to get used to where home was and know that's where they were supposed to go to sleep, So, for that week I put the opener in the manual mode so it would stay closed. Once we were comfortable letting the girls out in the run, I set it to work on the light sensor, so it opens and closes based on daylight instead of the clock, thus automatically adjusting times as we get closer to fall and winter. Now, when I have to go to work well ahead of daylight, I know the girls will be let out at the proper time, and when I get home late, know they will be snug and secured indoors. It will work just fine on the timer mode if you desire to set a specific time for opening and closing, or full manual if you still want to be there to let them in and out.
    I was going to use a thin metal door, but decided against it because of cold conduction in our sub zero temps in the winter. Instead I used 1/2" plywood, and the ASTx Extreme has no trouble lifting it as needed. Overall we highly recommend this item to anyone interested in the convenience of an automatic door for their coop.
    Overall:
    5

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  1. bajabirdbrain
    For comparison we have a Brinsea ChickSafe and it has worked flawlessly since installation in June.
  2. chickenguardusa
    The newly redesigned ChickenGuard automatic chicken coop door opener has been released this month, May 2017. You can check them out on the website, and use the store locator to find locally: www.chickenguardian.com I'll try to get these images updated on BYC.
  3. Coop de Grass
    I love mine! I am going to try to add a door. The only problem I've had was when the side broke off the spool and the door stopped. Once I figure out the problem, I used Krazy glue, and it has been working like a charm! You still have to keep your eyes open, just in case.
  4. KayTee
    "...it's no burden for our neighbours to to take care of our flock. The only have to supply fresh water and food once a day. In return the get the eggs.The only problem since we have this opener is, that we have a lot of neighbours who like to babysit my chickens. "


    It's funny, but I have the same 'problem' since my chickens became easy to look after! ;)
  5. BDutch
    I bought a chickenguard because my coop with a small roofed run is rather small for 6 chickens to stay in for several hours. The run is quite safe but i fear not safe enough for predators that come in the night.
    The chicken guard makes it possible fot the chickens to enter the run in the morning after the suns comes up and iit closes automaticly at nightfall.

    The system was expensive and not easy to install. But now it works perfect and I am very happy with it.

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