Automatic WiFi controlled coop door in a coop with power

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by tjohnston, Apr 12, 2017.

  1. tjohnston

    tjohnston Just Hatched

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    I am in search of an automatic coop door for my coop that has power. I would like to have a solar powered battery as a backup power source.
    Just a bit overwhelmed with all the reviews online about automatic coop doors. Coop Tender was my first choice until I started reading reviews. I now am thinking I will automate any automatic coop door with a wifi controlled switch. We do not live where it gets very cold so that is not a problem but it is very humid. I would just like to hear some feedback on automatic doors that you just love. Thanks
     
  2. lutherpug

    lutherpug Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use the Chicken Guard model. It was a pricey addition to the coop but I can't imagine my life without it. I've had it for a year, haven't replaced the batteries yet, and it works flawlessly. It has functioned without fail in temps from -20 to 105.

    One of the things I like best about it is that you can set it to raise or lower based on a light sensor or you can manually set the time. Or a combination of these options-ie, telling it to open at 6am but allowing it to close based on the light sensor.

    All in all, no complaints. Shelling out the $200 for it was a hard pill to swallow but I would do it again tomorrow, I just love the thing. It allows us to work unpredictable schedules, spend an evening out with friends, sleep in, or leave town for a few days. Can't put a price on that!

    **Edited to add that although it runs on batteries it has an indicator light that tells you when you need to change them. It has been almost exactly one year and I will probably go ahead and change them now even though the indicator isn't on yet-same as I would do with a smoke detector.
     
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  3. Joe Gadget

    Joe Gadget Just Hatched

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    Check out our door from coopgadgets.com. You can power it from wall power or use a solar panel. The unit has a battery and built-in charger so if you lose power there's nothing to worry about. You can set the door to open/close using the light sensor, timer or a combination of the two. The door has also been tested to 20,000 open/close cycles. This is over 50 years of normal operation. It's also easy to install and use.
     

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