I could not find this type of door in the UK so I imported this one. It makes life so much easier being one less job to do & the sellers are so helpful. I had to wait quite a time before it cleared customs and the £50.00 (not sure what that is in $) import charges was a shock but still worth it. I highly recommend this product and the support that you get from the manufacturers
Pros: Easy to install, well built, no connection to power needed.
Cons: Not an issue for us, but if you coop is out in exposed weather I guess ice and snow could freeze to prevent the door opening, but that would happen with any door.
Shipped fast and it is sturdy and well made. I installed it in about an hour, including reconfiguring the vertical sliding door opening the coop came with. Connecting the battery and solar panel are a breeze. The first night the girls didn't go in on time, I think because they were wary of the new "thing" on their house. I unscrewed the panel and flipped the switch to delay the closing to 30 minutes after sunset, and they have been inside on time since.
We've had it about two weeks. I'll review again after more time.
Pros: Opens like a regular door right to left or left to right. Sturdy materials, comes mostly assembled, easy to install. Simple to program.
Cons: none yet.
After I lost a chicken to the guillotine style doors that come down, I did some serious research and I believe I found one of the best automatic Chicken doors on the market (Pullet Shut). I love they way it opens and closes, I love the safety feature that will stop if hits chicken and the second chance feature. It was so easy to install and program. Actually you can watch my installation video I did at Discover with Dave YouTube Channel.
I got the door with the solar panel and the battery. It was nice because the power went out recently, but no worries with the charged battery.
I also made a short ad promo for door.
The two guys that started the company seem very nice. Like talking to family.
Pros: This has saved me so much worry!!
It is still working, and I love it.
Great company, easy to work with, and if I ever needed another one, I would buy the exact same one!!
I love this door. I have the solar powered door without the light sensor.
It was a basic model they sold years ago, and I believe they still do.
I bought it about 4 years ago, and have it at our bayhouse(lots of salty air that usually corrodes anything and everything)
It has been through tropical storms, and even 2 hurricanes, and the thing is still doing great!!
This door has saved so much worry and heartache.
The one thing I would suggest to anyone buying this is make sure you reset open/closing times when the time changes. I made that mistake a few years ago, and will never forget again.
(Lost a couple gals) this was on me alone, nothing to do with the company!
Anyway, I love this door, and recommend it to all!!
I want to give a big thumbs up for the pullet-shut chicken door company. I’ve had my door for 4 years and it works great. I had to disconnect it for a bit bc of a neighbors dog. When I plugged it back in I mistakenly connected the cold wire to the hot. Big mistake on my part! When I called pullet-shut and told them what happened they were still willing to honor the warranty and had my information right at their fingertips. No probing questions, no I’m sorry but we can’t, no phone transfers, just friendly, knowledgeable and patient help. They new exactly what to do. They walked me through opening the circuit board and removing it. The best news is that it will cost less than $40 to fix it. I’m tickled pink. I thought I would need new everything but the actual door. They also have new products...I went ahead and bought a photo sensor so I don’t have to program the door when to open and close. Lol I’m not related to them, don’t work there and I received nothing for this review. Just a good door and wonderful customer service.
Pros: Opens to the side so less chance for guillotine effect and dirt to muck mechanism
Reopens for late comers
Solar panel/ac adapter optional
Door is all one piece, you only have to cut the appropriate size hole to install
Cons: Its a pain to reset the timer during changing daylight unless you have the optional light sensor
Needs space to open outward
Needs space for battery and any attached accessories (solar panel/light sensor)
After one year of use I still love my Pullet-Shut door. It is difficult to figure out the timer at first, and a pain to reset it during season changes. Other than that, it is a work horse that never lets me down! Consistent, heavy duty performer!
I have had this door installed for two years now and have had ZERO problems. I was honestly super worried about ordering one because it isn't a big company and I wasn't sure how long it would last or if they would stand by their product if it broke. It has worked without fail for coming up on two years. I had a problem once with programing it and I called the company and they walked me through it on the phone right away. It was user error but they were super nice about it and took the time to walk me through it. The peace of mind that this door has given me is priceless. When I first installed it, I was very worried that it wouldn't work one day and I would come out and find all my girls dead from a predator getting into the coop. I would go outside with a flashlight every night for a month to make sure that door closed! I still check from time to time because it is mechanical and nothing mechanical is 100% fail safe but I rest easy and don't have to walk to the coop every night or morning to let the girls in or out. So worth it!
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.
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.
Pros: Consitantly opens and closes using the solar panel as energy source. So convenient and easy to use.
Cons: problem with the light sensor, opening in the middle of the night.
I highly recommend this door. The programmable option with magnet works great and is easy to reset when the light begins to change. I've used this door for over two years without any problems other than the light sensor option, that was opening from some other sources of light in the night (possibly car lights). Great customer care as well.
I installed this door in both my coops last month. I love them!! In the summer, when the sun rises at 430, or in the winter when I need time to shovel to them, they have access to their runs without waiting on me. Fabulous Fabulous Fabulous!!
Pros: 1. Works as advertised. 2. Let's me leave the chickens in the coop knowing they will get out when the sun rises. 3. Very easy to install
Cons: 1. Kind of expensive, but no more than many others I looked at 2. Second chance door doesn't stay open long enough
It has made my life so much easier and I was not loving going out in the rain to let the chickens out. I also leave for work many mornings before the sun is up and come home when it has set in the winter. Now I don't have to worry as much. It also let me go out of town for a few days without having to leave my birds inside the coop the whole time. Another big bonus was how easy it was to install. My carpentry skills are limited and I did it without any help.
Pros: Love not having to get up every morning to let out chickens and hurry home at night to let them in
Cons: Only thing I wish it did was stay open slightly longer for the procrastinators.
We like to go out at night for dinner and visit with friends so this door is the answer for so many issues. I don't want to tell my friends, "I'm sorry, I have to hurry home and put my chickens away."
Makes my life so much easier!
Pros: Easy to install. Great features. Operation flawless. Get Light Sensor.
Love this automatic door. Was VERY easy to install. Love the light sensor; worth extra money to get this feature. Mine is battery operated with the light sensor, and in a year and a half, it has not failed to work. My coop wasn't very tall, so the swinging door style was the best for my coop. The magnetic door opener also works well when I need to open or close the door anytime during the day or night; it doesn't effect the cycle of the door's operation at all. If you go this route, you won't be disappointed. Chooks are out at the crack of dawn, and safely put away at dusk. I have a flock of 8 hens in a urban setting.