Is an automatic chicken coop door worth it? I’ve wondered this for years but finally got to experience one last year while farm-sitting a neighboring farm while the family was out of town for two weeks. This is when I knew that I really wanted one for my own chicken coop.
So what exactly is an auto chicken coop door? Why would you want it? Is it really as helpful as it’s made out to be?
Automatic Chicken Coop Door
Why do chicken coops have automated doors? An automated door opens and closes automatically letting your chickens (or other poultry) out in the morning and locking them up again at night without you needing to be there. This is a great option if you need to be at work early, or won’t be able to make it home before dark- especially if you live in a place that has lots of predators.
You may be wondering if an automatic chicken coop door actually works, and the short answer is yes! You will need to train your flock to come into the coop, but automated doors are a great addition for chicken owners to put on their chicken run.
Why would you want an automatic chicken coop door?
Going on Vacation: an automated chicken door is great if you are going on a day trip or vacation and won’t be home to lock up your flock or let them out in the morning.
Work Schedule Changes: having an automated chicken door is great when you have to be at work early or very late, giving you peace of mind as a poultry owner that your chickens are safe and sound.
Busy Homesteader: As a homesteader, time is something you never have enough of, and having chores streamlined and convenient is important. Having an automatic chicken coop door can help take one more thing off your very long to-do list for the day.
How Do Automatic Chicken Coop Doors Work?
Typically an automatic chicken coop door will have several modes you can choose from to program the automatic door to open and close in set parameters. Light sensors, specific time, and manual are common settings to choose from. An automatic door will come either requiring a power source, battery operated, or in some cases solar.
You can place the automatic door on the front of your coop, and once programmed in the control panel for the best choice for your farm or homestead the automatic chicken coop door will open at the set times you selected, and then at closing time will lock your chickens up for the night keeping nighttime predators out and giving the chicken keeper peace of mind.
Chickcozy Automatic Chicken Coop Door Review
I’ve been wanting one of these for so long. So when Chickcozy reached out with the opportunity to review one of their automatic chicken coop doors– and it just so happened to coincide with our new chicken coop build- we of course took them up on it. They sent us one in the color Dark Goldenrod (it also comes in green) to try out.
These doors are made from quality materials and come in a complete kit with everything you need.
There are so many amazing things about Chickcozy automatic doors, from their touch-safe sensor to keep your flock safe while using the door, to the fact that it opens horizontally from the center.
You can see all of the settings for your door from the screen, and the screen shuts off to save energy when you stop pushing buttons for 15 seconds.
Another fabulous feature is you can either plug it into a power supply or power it with AA batteries (this is also great in case of power outages. So if your chicken house doesn’t have power you can still use this product.
It comes fully assembled in an all-in-one design so it’s ready to install as soon as it arrives- and did I mention how easy it is to install? No? It’s a breeze to put in. Simply screw the auto door into the door frame with the screws included in the automatic door kit. Bonus points it’s big enough for my ducks and heritage turkeys can fit through it. Ok, the Border Collies were pretty excited that they could use it too.
We really love that it has three different modes for opening/closing the door: timer mode, light sensor, or manually open mode.
The door is waterproof so you can place it on the inside of the coop, or the outside of your coop, and can be used in extreme weather conditions including freezing temperatures down to -20°F and up to 140°F making it suitable for a wide range of locations.
We also really liked that we can change our door settings easily, or update whenever we want, and any errors will be visible on the screen.
Chicken Coop Doors
In our opinion, an automatic chicken coop door is absolutely worth it! It’s functional, convenient, a time saver, and gives us peace of mind if we can’t be there to lock our flock up at night. While letting us be flexible if we need to be away from the Cottage early in the morning.
If you are looking to make your chicken coop set up functional and convenient for you- you definitely want to get an automatic coop door. It’s absolutely worth it, we love our Chickcozy automatic chicken coop door.
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