Winter is here. The days are getting shorter and as a result, the chickens need to be secured in their coop earlier and earlier to be safe from nocturnal predators. Chickens are all but blind at night so their ability to escape danger once the sun goes down is pretty much non-existent.
One of the hard parts about being a chicken keeper in the winter is the need to put the chickens away at such an early time. This can really interfere with after-work, after-school activities. It gets dark by 5:00 here in Michigan, many people aren’t even home from work by then.
We used to keep the chickens locked up for the day if we knew we wouldn’t be home until after dark. But I always feel bad because I know how much they enjoy roaming the yard. Sometimes, even with the best intentions, we’ve tried to get home in time to lock the chickens in, but emergencies happen. Traffic jams, long lines at the grocery store, being held up at work or school…these are all a part of the life of a chicken keeper. We have some wonderful neighbors who will check our coop if we need them to, but what if they’re not home, and I hate to be a bother.
That’s why I was so excited to install this amazing Automatic Chicken Coop Door.
The door can be set with a timer to open and close at specific times. So we set ours to open about 30 minutes after the sun comes up, and 30 minutes after the sun goes down.
Chickens instinctively return to the coop as the sun starts to set. This 30 minute window ensures that all the stragglers have returned before the door shuts them securely in for the night.
The door is super easy to install, in fact, it took us longer to find the drill than it did to set up the door.
Then we ran an extension cord to the adapter, secured the wires along the upper wall and ceiling of the coop, and set the timer.
The door is large enough for even our big Tom Turkey and our geese to fit through easily.
I love it!
Here is a video of the door in action. It takes approximately 10 seconds for the door to open or close, so there’s plenty of time for chickens to get out of the way.
This is a really great product, it solves a major problem hat chicken keepers face, it’s well built, well thought out and easy to install. I also appreciate the extra little decorative trim that they include in the package.
Automatic Chicken Coop Door is not only a company that makes great chicken keeping products, but they also are actively involved in humanitarian efforts around the world.
I was not paid by Automatic Chicken Coop Door to write this review. All opinions about this product are my own, based on the quality and personal experience with the product.