Automatic Chicken Coop Door

Automatic Chicken Coop Door

For anyone who keeps chickens as a pet or to raise them for meats and eggs, you know how important the chickens are to you.  That’s why it is very important to keep them safe at night when predators like foxes, snakes and owls hunt.  For some people, it can be a tedious job coming out every morning  and every night opening and closing the door for the chicken coop, and looking for an easier way to handle that task.  Well, you’re in luck because there’s an automatic chicken coop door that can do the job for you.

A chicken coop door is a must have item if you are raising chickens.  Doors help keep them safe from predators and provides shelter for them from the rain, snow, and sun.  Mother nature can be mean sometimes and that’s why you should be prepared. The door for your chicken coop doesn’t have to be fancy, but it needs to be sturdy and strong enough to prevent foxes and other predators from knocking it down and getting to your chickens.

When it comes to automatic doors, you can build them yourself or buy one already made.  That depends on your expertise building an automated door.  If you are looking to build an automatic chicken coop door, click here to see the article to learn how to build one.  Building one is fairly simple and requires locks, timers, ropes or chains, and patient.  In addition, building an automatic door will depend on how your coop is setup.  Some chicken coop have doors that swing back and forth, while others have doors that goes up and down.  So it will require some knowledge of how timers and locks work if you want to build one yourself.

If you would rather not build one yourself, you can buy an automatic door online.  Most local home improvement stores won’t have these in stock, but they might have them online. You can buy them as a Whole Assembly Automatic Chicken Coop Door Opener or just Chicken Coop Door Motor.  Buying the whole assembly or just the door motor will depend on your preferences and expertise. For the whole assembly, all you need to do is cut the coop to make room for the door and you’re done.  If you’re buying  just the motor, you will need to do some work to make the door work.  Usually for both products, there will be instructions for you to follow.

If you are building one yourself or buying one, make sure the locking mechanism works flawlessly. If the locks don’t lock, what’s the point of having a door.  So make sure to test it out a couple times before leaving it to do its job on its own.  Another thing with automatic doors is that the lock is controlled by a timer.  A timer is a device that is set manually to tell what time the door should be locked and unlocked.   When buying a timer, don’t go for the cheap one because they tend to work and last for only a short period of time.  If the timer stops working, that means the door isn’t locked and that can pose a threat to your chicken at night.  That’s why you want to choose a quality timer to prevent something like that from happening.

Automatic chicken coop door is a great feature to have for your chicken coop. You won’t have to worry about coming out at night to lock the door or come in the early morning to open the door for the chickens.  Also, you can go on a vacation for a couple days without worrying about your chicken.  The automatic door will keep them safe at night and you won’t have to worry about your chicken being eaten.


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