Automatic Coop Door Opener - any recommendations?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Peeps38655, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. Peeps38655

    Peeps38655 In the Brooder

    May 25, 2011
    Oxford, MS
    We are building our first coop and want the flexibility of being away in the evening when they come in & not waking up at dawn to let the chickens out.
    I have seen a wide array of automatic openers, but would like to hear from some actual owners. (I need to buy a kit because I am not technically capable of more then screwing in a light bulb).
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Free Ranging

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    I have the inside mount with light sensor from Foy's pigeon supplies. I love it and I have 2 of them - got my first one 2 years ago. I change the batteries once a year, just to be sure they don't die when we aren't here. The light sensor is adjustable, so you can choose the sensitivity of it shutting. It's very easy to install. (I bought the door also)
  3. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Songster

    Quote:If you have a secure run that predators cannot climb in or dig under, you don't need a opener. The birds will put themselves to bed and figure out when it's time to get up!
  4. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Quote:I loved my Foy's door. It worked perfectly, nothing ever got into the coop even though you could see where "something" had been pawing at the exterior door frame. (my door dropped down about 2 inches below the ramp into the coop so nothing could get it's fingers under it)

    The only reason I don't have it anymore (I sold it to another BYC member who is currently using it) is because new coops have access to the runs 24/7. I've never lost a chicken to something in one of the runs or coops (even though I did have a black snake eating eggs) I've lost them to free-ranging which is basicly why I've moved them all into tractors.
  5. goldtopper

    goldtopper Songster

    Oct 15, 2010
    Near Bert Blyleven
    My coop and run are like fort knox. I still have an auto door for added piece of mind. That and I think the$y are cool as heck!
    I use an add-a-motor- it. They are supposed to mount on the inside. As my door frame was already built outside before I got the motor, I mounted it outside under the eaves. I cut a milk jug to put over it to keep the elements out.
    I couldn't be happier and it was about $80.
  6. Nmarine1057

    Nmarine1057 Songster

    May 31, 2011
    Byhalia Ms
    Here's a video that shows a solar powered coop door!


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