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Livestock => Poultry & Waterfowl => Topic started by: moprabbit on April 05, 2021, 01:41:46 pm

Title: Automatic door opener for chicken coop
Post by: moprabbit on April 05, 2021, 01:41:46 pm
Just wondered if anyone could give me any recommendations for an automated door opener for my chicken coop. Any suggestions and any pros and cons would be gratefully received. Thank you.
Title: Re: Automatic door opener for chicken coop
Post by: twizzel on April 05, 2021, 02:04:19 pm
Iíve got a chicken guard timer and no problems here. The fox proof door from chicken guard is well worth investing in if youíre going for a timer too.
Title: Re: Automatic door opener for chicken coop
Post by: chrismahon on April 05, 2021, 05:39:59 pm
I don't trust any of them so i would go and check. Might as well shut and open the pop-hole while I am there.
Title: Re: Automatic door opener for chicken coop
Post by: twizzel on April 05, 2021, 08:32:50 pm
I don't trust any of them so i would go and check. Might as well shut and open the pop-hole while I am there.

My chickens are on the other side of the farm to our house. I can count on 1 hand the amount of times the opener has failed- mostly because the batteries ran out (Iím pretty rubbish at remembering to change when the light comes on). Iíve had them on auto door openers for 6 years now. They lay better, especially in summer they arenít stood inside when itís daylight outside waiting to be let out. The opener letís them out from 5.30am in height of summer.
Title: Re: Automatic door opener for chicken coop
Post by: moprabbit on April 07, 2021, 12:36:31 pm
Thank you both for your replies. I think I'm going to look into the Chicken Guard, as I'm quite a way away from the chucks.
Title: Re: Automatic door opener for chicken coop
Post by: Eve on April 07, 2021, 06:25:54 pm
I have 2 chicken guards, bought new and they both failed in their first year. Luckily they are used to protect the chicken feeders against rats at night (the feeders are in a rat proof mesh box) and not to protect the chickens against foxes as the outside perimeter is fox proof anyway.
Frost and dirt can affect the working of the metal door in its frams, a timber door may be better.
Title: Re: Automatic door opener for chicken coop
Post by: twizzel on April 07, 2021, 07:15:30 pm
I have 2 chicken guards, bought new and they both failed in their first year. Luckily they are used to protect the chicken feeders against rats at night (the feeders are in a rat proof mesh box) and not to protect the chickens against foxes as the outside perimeter is fox proof anyway.
Frost and dirt can affect the working of the metal door in its frams, a timber door may be better.


The fox proof door from chickenguard is much better than the other one on wood sliders.
Title: Re: Automatic door opener for chicken coop
Post by: Anke on April 08, 2021, 08:02:40 am
The opener letís them out from 5.30am in height of summer.


Around here the badger is still active at that time... ours are not let tou until 7am at the earliest.
Title: Re: Automatic door opener for chicken coop
Post by: twizzel on April 08, 2021, 09:46:26 am
Mine arenít free ranging- theyíve got rent a fence panels buried a foot or so underground. To be fair they are out near a busy farm yard so not in the middle of nowhere.
Title: Re: Automatic door opener for chicken coop
Post by: Eve on April 08, 2021, 12:32:23 pm
I have 2 chicken guards, bought new and they both failed in their first year. Luckily they are used to protect the chicken feeders against rats at night (the feeders are in a rat proof mesh box) and not to protect the chickens against foxes as the outside perimeter is fox proof anyway.
Frost and dirt can affect the working of the metal door in its frams, a timber door may be better.


The fox proof door from chickenguard is much better than the other one on wood sliders.




Itís the supposedly fox proof door and frame that came with the chicken guard, both metal. Using just the motor with a timber door & frame might be better.
Title: Re: Automatic door opener for chicken coop
Post by: moprabbit on April 08, 2021, 10:38:58 pm
Thank you for the advice about the door. I'm going to try to make one.
Title: Re: Automatic door opener for chicken coop
Post by: wildandwooly on April 12, 2021, 12:28:00 pm
We've had a Chicken Guard for a year and a half and it's been really reliable with the only issues being making sure we check the batteries regularly, keeping an eye on any build up of bark we use in the outside run at the base of the door so it shuts properly, setting the light settings and timer correctly in the first place and very occasionally the chickens decide it's too nice outside and they'd rather stay out and have a party with the ducks  :roflanim:
Basically these are all the issues we'd have had making our own really.