What AUTOMATIC COOP DOOR opener should I buy?

perkolator

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Since it’s not mentioned in this thread, the RunChicken T50 auto door I installed back in May is still doing it’s thing like it’s supposed to be doing. I believe it’s one of the less expensive options out there.

For a few months I got overconfident and was letting my flock free range every day, unattended. Pretty much relying on the auto door to keep them safe since I was just leaving their 2nd run gate open for them to do their thing. Unfortunately I started losing chickens again so I’ve been keeping them in the run (those were daytime attacks, pretty sure it’s a fox - we had the same problem this time of year a couple years ago). Anyways, I think due to all the fall fruit on the trees in our orchard, most nights I have been hearing a large family of raccoons regularly; also have seen a giant skunk running around, even saw him inside the extended run early in the morning right about when the door openes up (It dug in under the fence - I saw it run away once HeiHei, one of my roosters, came out the auto door to confront it) - knocking on wood with all the predator activity I’ve had recently, but so far none of the predators appear to have gotten past the auto door itself, just my janky extended run that’s not protected as well as the actual coop structure.
 

BrickCoop15

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I highly recommend the Pullet Shut automatic coop door. I have had mine for 6 years and it has opened and closed without fail the entire time I have used it. I live in Michigan and the coldest days of winter have never been an issue. I do however, have a roof over mine so it never gets rain or snow on it.

Customer service is excellent and they have a solar power option if you do not have electricity at your coop. It is a well made and easy to program door that should last you for years.
 

Aunt Angus

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I highly recommend the Pullet Shut automatic coop door. I have had mine for 6 years and it has opened and closed without fail the entire time I have used it. I live in Michigan and the coldest days of winter have never been an issue. I do however, have a roof over mine so it never gets rain or snow on it.

Customer service is excellent and they have a solar power option if you do not have electricity at your coop. It is a well made and easy to program door that should last you for years.
I hadn't even heard of this one until now. Cool!
 

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