Lets talk automatic doors for the chicken coop!!

One Lucky Momma

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Ador1 has done a great job for us.

Ours is a year and a half old and has operated smoothly from day one. Runs on a 9v battery which we just now replaced (easy) more out of caution than for any other reason. Opens and closes in response to the sun, and the sensitivity is significantly adjustable. A wired sensor is mounted somewhere outside on the coop. The birds become attuned to the noise it makes when operating - no squished birds.

Normal operation can be easily circumvented if you need to keep the coop closed for some reason.

Automatic doors aren’t cheep 🙄 but well worth the added security and convenience.
 

bruceha2000

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Pullet Shut.
I second the Pullet-Shut. They open on a side hinge so you don't need vertical space and there isn't any channel for the door to run in. It is all metal. I have the photocell so the door opens and closes with sunrise and sunset. No "programming" necessary, no changing it as the hours of daylight change. If you don't have the photo cell the "programming" is cumbersome and involves manually opening the door (with the magnet) in the morning at the time you want it to open and do the same thing to close it at night.

The door has a "second chance" feature in case you have a bird that isn't paying attention when the door closes. It will reopen after a couple of minutes then close again.

They run on 12V, you can buy them with the battery and a solar panel or a plug for a 110V outlet. I had no power in the barn when I got it and wasn't sure if there would be enough sun to keep the battery charged so I bought just the door. I connected two 6V lantern batteries in series and connected the door to that. The original batteries were used, no idea what their charge level was but they lasted over a year. The next set did as well (same age as the original 2 since they came out of a 4 battery "lantern"). New alkaline batteries replaced those and I think they ran 3 years?? In any case this door uses VERY little power and the solar setup would have worked fine.
 

DVO50

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@bruceha2000 is correct. The door shuts, then opens after 1 minute (for 10 seconds) to give any slow birds a second chance. The solar option is nice. It will keep the battery charged and allow you to run a low voltage light in the coop if you wish. Adding a timer to the light is advised to control battery discharge.
 

Aroundtuit

In the Brooder
Jul 28, 2020
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Indiana
Ador1 has done a great job for us.

Ours is a year and a half old and has operated smoothly from day one. Runs on a 9v battery which we just now replaced (easy) more out of caution than for any other reason. Opens and closes in response to the sun, and the sensitivity is significantly adjustable. A wired sensor is mounted somewhere outside on the coop. The birds become attuned to the noise it makes when operating - no squished birds.

Normal operation can be easily circumvented if you need to keep the coop closed for some reason.

Automatic doors aren’t cheep 🙄 but well worth the added security and convenience.
Fully agree on Ador. I've had one for 2 years, just added a second coop and another Ador door. Predators cannot get the door open once it's closed. I can use it on automatic (light sensing) or manual. Well built and owner will answer any questions. American made!
 

jeremyms

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Hello all! Winter is coming and as of now, our coop door is attached to our run so our 6 chickens can come and go from their coop into their run everyday. With winter coming, and cold weather, i need to consider a door for the coop. I would ideally prefer an automatic door that will open every morning for them. I am here to ask for advice on a good brand or design. I have read stories of chickens getting smooshed! I would also prefer a battery operated door that will open on a timer daily for the winter. Thanks in advance! 🐓❤️
Well I've got a bit of experience here. In the past 4 years I lost 6 chickens to chicken doors failing or actually crushing my chickens. Its very sad Amazon hasn't regulated these product to ensure safety. I went through 5 different cheap doors ordered off Amazon and finally I went on Google and Searched Automatic Chicken Coop Doors. After much research I found a motor called the Model D20 chicken door motor. It opens and closes with gravity similar to reeling up or down a fishing reel. This keeps chickens form getting crushed. Here is the motor manufacture website: Add-A-Motor.com Here is where i got my chicken coop door AutomaticChickenCoopDoor.com
 
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esme13

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I have an omlet and I love it. Only problem is mine is a bit to low to the ground which means all the extra straw and bedding has been causing it to be stuck from opening. I have to dig the materials out to allow the frame to open /slide. But I would highly recommend it and just place it above their bedding.
 

bruceha2000

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Definitely install the door a few inches above the top of whatever it has to swing over. If it is a guillotine door, mount the frame high enough that litter will be a few inches lower than the bottom of the frame.
 
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