Recommendations for premade pop doors

humblehillsfarm

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What do you all think of this one?
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hayley3

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Doesn’t have to be automatic. Unless you can realllly plead the case for a particular automatic model, I do think I’m learning more toward manual. However, I do have outlets next to each door location.

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I went with the Pullet-Shut door because it doesn't take up as much room. Since I had to cut metal siding to install it, I wanted it to be as little work as possible.
I also have electric so I could plug in the battery.
It's the largest door. You can set it on a particular time or just let it open when the sun comes up.
There is an internal switch to set the photo sensor to open/close the door up to 90 mins later. You can open the door anytime you want to with a magnet key.
So it will open about 9:20 am but I let my girls out at 8:30 am, so I just use the magnet, which I leave attached to the side of my coop.

The other door I liked was the Omlet but it has to have room to slide open. Guillotine doors have to have room to slide up.
 

humblehillsfarm

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I went with the Pullet-Shut door because it doesn't take up as much room. Since I had to cut metal siding to install it, I wanted it to be as little work as possible.
I also have electric so I could plug in the battery.
It's the largest door. You can set it on a particular time or just let it open when the sun comes up.
There is an internal switch to set the photo sensor to open/close the door up to 90 mins later. You can open the door anytime you want to with a magnet key.
So it will open about 9:20 am but I let my girls out at 8:30 am, so I just use the magnet, which I leave attached to the side of my coop.

The other door I liked was the Omlet but it has to have room to slide open. Guillotine doors have to have room to slide up.
I have the option to put in whatever style I want, but I really don’t want to spend more than $100 AT MOST for a door
 

Tervish

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I have the Omlet door and love it! Yes it is over $100 ($189 list price) BUT it lets the chickens out at dawn with the light sensing door, and *I* am not out there at the crack of dawn to do it manually. Priceless.
 

humblehillsfarm

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So I ended up going with the chicken guard locking coop door. The reason why is because my budget has tightened a good bit and you can order the automated door opener separate so I’ll probably get it at a later date. I actually need three coop doors so I’d be looking at far too much money to get them all automated. I don’t trust light sensitive door openers outright, but my run will be covered with a metal roof so I’m not sure how accurate it would be. As it is, I’m awake before sunrise year round anyways :(
 

hayley3

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So I ended up going with the chicken guard locking coop door. The reason why is because my budget has tightened a good bit and you can order the automated door opener separate so I’ll probably get it at a later date. I actually need three coop doors so I’d be looking at far too much money to get them all automated. I don’t trust light sensitive door openers outright, but my run will be covered with a metal roof so I’m not sure how accurate it would be. As it is, I’m awake before sunrise year round anyways :(
I actually didn't want the opener for the mornings either because I am always home. Good that you could get it separate. I bought mine on what I call Paypal "layaway", which is where I put most big purchases.
I wanted an automated door for evenings when it gets dark at 5pm...seems I am always rushing home so the chickens are not in danger and it is a BIG pain sometimes to have to drop what I'm doing and hurry home.
 

humblehillsfarm

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I actually didn't want the opener for the mornings either because I am always home. Good that you could get it separate. I bought mine on what I call Paypal "layaway", which is where I put most big purchases.
I wanted an automated door for evenings when it gets dark at 5pm...seems I am always rushing home so the chickens are not in danger and it is a BIG pain sometimes to have to drop what I'm doing and hurry home.
That’s why I want one too. I don’t get off until six and home until seven. My boyfriend is good about locking them up but sometimes he forgets. It feels like it’s only a matter of time until something happens :/ this is also why we are getting a covered run. It’s still dark when I leave and let them out in the mornings too!
 

hayley3

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That’s why I want one too. I don’t get off until six and home until seven. My boyfriend is good about locking them up but sometimes he forgets. It feels like it’s only a matter of time until something happens :/ this is also why we are getting a covered run. It’s still dark when I leave and let them out in the mornings too!
Sad to say, that's when mine got massacred...I lived in the CST time zone and it was getting dark at 4:30...I got home 5 mins before dark and I couldn't even find the bodies because it was too dark after I came out of the initial shock.
 

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