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Automatic Coop Doors item created by RedDrgn, Apr 18, 2012
Pros - Always works. Reliable.
Cons - Just changed battery after 2.5 years .
I would buy it again! Survives Canadian winters.
Pros - Automatic with photo sensor to open at daylight and dark.
Cons - Nothing
cant find one to buy were is the link to buy one
Pros - Easy to install, works exactly as described
Installed the door (including the solar cell, photosensor, and cleaning up all the wire runs in the coop) in about an hour. Cut the hole, bolt it into place and connect everything. It really is that simple. To cut the hole in the side of our coop, I traced the opening, drilled some large holes at each inside corner, and then used a jigsaw to cut along the lines and "connect the holes." I mounted the solar cell on a south-facing wall which will get full day's worth of sun.
The chickens won't be in the new coop for another couple of months but I still get a kick out of seeing the door open every morning. The only thing I've run into was the door freezing shut in a recent snow/ice storm. I went out in the morning to see and it was still closed thanks to all the ice. I thawed everything out with some hot water and used the little magnet (included with the kit) to manually open and close the door a few times and it worked just fine. I will probably install a small awning or roof over the door to keep out as much rain and ice as I can before next winter.
Pros - Works just like it says it will.
Cons - none
I no longer have to rush home in the evening or in the am ( I work nights) to open and shut the coop door. It works great. I installed it myself and had no problems except for the chickens wanting to help, they sure are nosey. The video on youtube was very helpful because I am a more visual person. Sometimes written instructions confuse me and even a child could understand how to do everything by watching the video. So far no problems and have had it about 6 months. I recommend this product highly.
Pros - Easy to install. Can use solar power. Works with sensor for sunrise and sunset. Great customer support. Can open/shut without change to programming.
Cons - None.
Mine is set to sunrise / sunset. I might like to have it open a bit later and close a bit earlier; however, I don't want to program it.
Installs easy. Easy to use. Predator-proof. Attractive. What's not to love?
Pros - Well made. Easy to install. Doesn't require alot of overhead clearance. Direct drive, no lines or belts to break.
Cons - A little pricey, but they all are.
Have been using for several months now. Zero issues/complaints. Have setup with battery backup, trickle charger and photocell for automatic operation at sunrise/sunset.
Pros - Easy to install and program.
Cons - Only once it did not open during a bad freeze but they didnt want to come out anyway...too cold
I LOVE this door!! Bought it a couple months ago. Get to sleep in later now and the girls still get out on time
It is dark when I get home from work this time of year and seeing the closed door when I pull in the driveway makes me smile It is expensive but worth every penny in my book!!! So easy to install and program. There is no power at the coop so the solar panel is a great option and has worked with no problems.
Pros - easy to install, works very well, convenient, secure
Cons - expensive
I've had one of these doors installed on my coop for 5 years with no problems. It's not exposed to rain, snow or sun as it is under the cover of a roof. However, it has been exposed to a wide range of temperatures. It is SO NICE to be able to count on this automatic door to let the hens in and out in the morning and evening. It is a bit pricey, but the convenience is well worth it.
The door is very well constructed and predator-proof. The solar panel/battery combination have worked well, and are a great alternative to having to run an electric line or cord to the coop.
I did not opt for the automatic light sensor, so I do have to reset the door every month or two to keep up with changing sunrise/sunset times, but the reset process is very simple.
Pros - Easy to install and use
I did alot of research looking at different automatic doors for my chickens. Due to my coyote population around my farm and them hunting later into the mornings in the fall and summer I wanted a door I could program for open times and not just work off of sunrise and sunset. During the winter months I can not let my flock out safely until around 11am vs in the summer they can safely free range after 8:30 am. This door is so easy to change the open and close times with the magnet, just adjust as needed. I purchased the solar panal and have not had any issues with it. Opens and closes daily as I want, no more concerns about not being home at dark to close the chickens up safely. Highly recommend it, really makes leaving my chickens easier, someone only has to check them in the evenings to gather eggs. Well worth the price.