There are plenty of fancy gadgets out there for chicken keepers, and we’d often see people talking about automatic coop doors in our chicken Facebook groups. We were never sure if one would work that well for us, or if we really needed one. Would it be worth the expense when we still must go outdoors to feed the barn cats in the morning and evening anyway?
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When we were offered the chance to try the Chickcozy Automatic Chicken Coop Door, we decided why not? As it turns out, it was a wise decision because we absolutely love it!
While it doesn’t mean we don’t still go outside for the animals, it does mean that the chickens and guinea fowl can get outside into their fenced run much earlier in the morning than we usually go out there! Like at the crack of dawn! Other than cold or snowy days when they decline to come out at all, it is fun to see them out enjoying the fresh air as soon as it is light enough for us to see them. We don’t feed and let the cats out until it’s plenty light out, which can mean an hour or two’s difference for the birds.
We have a good-sized coop, but we also have a lot of birds (currently 35 chickens and 14 guinea hens, with more to come this Spring!), so once they come off their roosts and have some breakfast, it’s great for them to be able to spread out a little more than they usually could. Birds do get into spats, so having more room to move around can help keep them more genial with each other. 😊
My hubby, farmer Tom, oversees installing things, so I left the set-up of the new Chickcozy Automatic Chicken Coop Door to him. We had a choice of green or yellow for the color, so I got to make that decision, and as you can see below, chose the green! He didn’t have any trouble at all installing and setting it up, other than the small glitch where he didn’t realize it ran on a 24-hour clock (military time). Once that got settled, the door opened and closed right on schedule, and has been doing so for several weeks now.
The hours are set for opening at 6:30 am and closing at 5 pm (with adjustments to be made as the days get longer), and so far, there has only been one time some of the guinea hens didn’t get inside on time and were left out in the run. It was probably one of those rare warmer January evenings we’ve been having some of lately! However, it is no problem at all to override the timer and open and close the door as needed.
Also, Tom can go out at 4:30 to fill the feed and water, and if the birds are already inside, he can still close the door by simply pressing a button and it will stay right on its regular schedule with no problems.
It’s also been a godsend for me on the mornings when hubby is gone to work. There are times when the door into the coop sticks because it’s very cold, or just because of fluctuating temperatures, which we’ve had a lot of this winter! I’d have to fight with the door and sometimes lose, and I hated having to leave the birds stuck inside, especially if it was going to be a sunny day when I had to leave for work and Dad wouldn’t be home for hours. Now with the door opening automatically, it’s OK if I can’t get into the coop to open their door for them, they’ve already been able to get out!
With the bright color of the door, it’s easy to see from our house whether it is open or closed, if anything ever didn’t work properly, but that hasn’t happened yet! One time there was some debris blocking the door from closing, but we easily saw that it hadn’t closed. It was reassuring to me that the door would never close with something in its way, so we know the birds are totally safe when going in and out.
We set up the Chickcozy to run on batteries. We could forget to change the batteries I suppose – though if that turned out to be an issue, the Chickcozy Automatic Chicken Coop Door can run off electricity as well! We thought we would just see how long battery life was before worrying about doing that (we have power to our coop so it’s no problem if we have to).
Farmer Tom, who does the majority of the bird care, especially in winter when I’m hibernating, couldn’t be happier with this. We’re so glad we got the opportunity to try it out, and we would highly recommend it to any farm, whether big or small!
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