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Automatic Coop Doors item created by RedDrgn, Apr 18, 2012
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.
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.
cant find one to buy were is the link to buy one
Cons - none
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.
Cons - None
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.
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.
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. Easy to program. Great instructional videos & customer service.
Cons - None that I've found.
I'm not handy with tools but even I could install this door! It's incredibly easy and the videos walk you through it step by step. It's designed to open to the left or right (depending on which way you install it) but I installed it to open to the top so that when it is open, it behaves like an awning over the door. It works beautifully even when installed this way. It is dead simple to program and you can still open and close the door as needed without messing up the programming. I purchased the solar panel so that I could install it in a chicken coop that doesn't have power. Based on location, the panel receives indirect sunlight all day and still generates plenty of charge to keep the battery topped up. The door cost be about $230 with the solar panel. It's the best investment I've made. No need to rush home to close the door at night. I can rest assured that my hens are safe from predators.