I am so, so, so excited to have finally installed my timer automated chicken coop door!! Hopefully this will solve the little problem of chicken clucking at 5:30 every morning, rushing outside in the cold, the rain, the heat, or whatever other weather to open the coop door and let them out to range around the yard.
I recently purchased the Add-A-Motor automatic chicken coop door motor from Amazon.com ($85). So far, it seems like a good, simple little motor. The motor sits about 2 feet above my coop door, and simply raises and lowers the door with an internal wheel that turns.
- Easy-to-set up
- Reasonably priced ($85)
- Seems sturdy and of good quality
- String that raises and lowers the door broke within the first three days. (UPDATE: I tied a knot in the string where it broke, and it’s been working fine like this for the past three weeks.)
- Requires you to screw in a rubber-lined washer (included) with a wood screw (not included). This was not possible for my coop door, as it is only ~1/4″ thick (plywood), and therefore any wood screw would be too large. To remediate this, I simply drilled a small hole in the door through which I threaded the string, and this seems to work just fine.
- My coop is very small (~3′ tall). The motor is required to be mounted on the wall at a height over the coop door at a distance 10″ plus the height the coop door. So for my coop door, which is 10″ high, I had to attach the motor 20″ above the door. It was a very tight squeeze, and if it had been even an inch higher, it wouldn’t have worked. Definitely something to be aware of.
All in all, I’m fairly pleased with the motor. It’s extremely easy to set up. Including the installation of a new sliding door to my coop (here), it took me about 2-2.5 hours to set this up.
The hens rewarded me with another egg.