Pullet-Shut Automatic Chicken Door Chickendoors.com

Average User Rating:
4.4/5,
  • http://www.chickendoors.com/products.htm
    An 11" wide, 15" tall, all aluminum construction automatic coop door. It comes fully assembled in an aluminum frame and installation is a snap. This product has the option of manually programming open/close times or operation by a photo sensor (option). The door may be powered by any 12 volt DC power supply, a float charger with a battery (option), or a solar panel with 10 feet of wire and a battery (option). The motor is fully enclosed, so you don't have to worry about dust and grim interfering with its operation.
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Recent User Reviews

  1. KBMonroe
    5/5,
    "Flawless and easy installation"
    Pros - Quick learning by hens to know when to go in, battery operated with solar panel makes for ease of mind even if electricity goes out, photo sensor is exceptional, very easy to install.
    Cons - A lot of space is needed on front of coop due to motor.
    It took 2 nights for my girls to learn when to go into coop. After 2 nights of getting locked out(with me checking and letting them in) they got the hang of it. Now they don't miss bedtime. Many options that are great to have and it is extremely easy to install. My opinion is it is the best quality for the money compared to other doors.
    Overall:
    5
    Purchase Price:
    250
  2. akovia
    1/5,
    "Six years and going strong!"
    Pros - Reliability. Build quality
    We have three and they perform flawlessly. Worth every penny.
    Purchase Price:
    260
    Purchase Date:
    2010
  3. canesisters
    1/5,
    "Started our GREAT!!!"
    Pros - worked flawlessly for 2 years
    Cons - can not be repaird - too expensive to replace
    I bought one of these as my first flock was growing up. It was a breeze to install. It worked flawlessly for two years. Then it stopped.
    I called the company and was told that there are only 2 things that can be fixed and that they STRONGLY recommend I get both "If one fixes it, you're good and you have a spare for when the other breaks... But you're probably going to need both." I did. After 3 afternoons of sitting on a milk crate and fiddling with it - it became clear that the problem was the connector on the end of the replacement wire between the motor and the 'actuator'. I called them back. "Nope" they can not take the defective part back, but I'm welcome to buy another. And - "Nope" they will not guarantee that the 2nd replacement part will either work properly OR fix the problem.
    When I asked if I was maybe doing something wrong I was told 'Well, my little daughter can follow the instructions so I guess you should be able to."
    Two more afternoons on the milk crate and a PILE of hot glue later and I got the door working.
    .... for about 40 days.

    Since I have replaced both of the 'only parts that can be replaced' - at a cost of just over $100...
    And since I do not want to continue to re-purchase the same parts over and over hoping one of them will work...
    I am left with one of two solutions - replace the entire door (every 2 years???) or simply open up the big 'people' door every morning and evening - which leaves my flock exposed for about an hour before dawn and after sunset.

    I know that NOTHING lasts forever.
    I didn't expect to purchase on door and be set for my entire chicken raising career.
    But I expected that it would outlive the first chickens to use it.
    Overall:
    1
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User Comments

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  1. TexasTony
    We are the manufacturers of the Pullet Shut door. I'm not sure that what you describe is the "Pullet Shut" door. Several things you mention simply are not accurate. There is no 'actuator', our motor directly turns the door. If you spent $100, you bought everything that makes it move. There is no 'little daughter' (unless you count a 30-something year old!), and we would never speak that way to someone. Never. We also include written instructions with parts when someone does buy them. And when a customer has a problem, up front we work with them to identify the problem before just selling parts. We've gotten calls before to only find out the person has another door, not ours. If you do have our door, please contact us (phone and email are on our website, chickendoors dot com).
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  2. maggiemo
    Wow, I am really surprised to hear anything negative about the pullet-shut door. I have had mine for 4 years and I love mine. I did have to replace the back-up battery this year, but all batteries fail sooner or later. That isn't the companies fault.
    I have two friend with pullet-shut doors too and they both love them.
    I haven't had to contact the company, so can't comment on customer service, sorry you had a bad experience.
    I wouldn't have chickens without a pullet-shut door. I love mine.
    I would buy a new one if this one ever fails and I couldn't fix it. That is how much I love mine.
  3. Trefoil
    Thanks for the review. Its great to hear from someone who has actually tried to use the product for a while. The new out of the box,"it looks great" reviews are worthless.
  4. twisted-acres-farm
    NOT good customer service as far as I am concerned and what a snarky response. Your rating and story just cost them my business.
  5. Ironsights
    Good information!
  6. RedDrgn
    Yes, we still have and use the door and it's still working. We have only had to do one repair, and that was in early spring of 2014 when the circuit board that controls the doors went out; one of the chips that controls the timing went haywire, and there is no way to repair the chips themselves, so we replaced the control board. It cost $60, they sent us the board very quickly, and we made the swap ourselves, as it was very easy to do. Been running without any further issues ever since and it's active 24/7/365.
  7. canesisters
    Is it still working?
    Have you had to do any repairs?
  8. Peep_Show
  9. terribob
    Hey...You can program the door to open at a certain time in the morning and close at whatever time you would like...it can be changed to whatever time you want also....I'm sure the photo cell feature is good also...take care and good luck
  10. zippy722
    @terribob, if you didn't get the photocell, how will you open and shut it? I think that is the best part, that I don't have to be here to close them in, or be out there in the early morning to manually let them out.

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