Changes how you chicken the chicken life
I LOVE this door and can't live without it now. Worth every penny and saves my weekend morning sanity. It has streamlined the morning process so the birds can get a head start on scratching around until I get out there to feed water and spoil. The programming was a bit of a struggle for me but my husband figured it out for me and it works like a charm. Battery wise, we ran the door on ONLY batteries until I finally ran an extension cord out there. If you run the door on batteries, the batteries last about 2-3 months before having to replace them. When the batteries run out, the settings did not reset. So we just popped the fresh batteries in and it was good to go. We use the sun mode and offset by about 20 minutes. If we don't offset the time, some of our birds are a little dumb and don't get into the coop soon enough. In the evening we like to double check and make sure that all the birds made it in. Every once in a while we have to sweep out the grooves to make sure the door closes properly, not a big deal. Install was easy. We just cut a hole in the wall of my coop between the studs with my dewalt jigsaw. Pop the batteries in the litttle computer and push the button to lift the door, place the whole thing where you want it, and outline the open door space and cut with your jigsaw. Screw in place and done. All in all, this a purchase that we would happily make again!! Don't hesitate!! Buy one!!
ProsThe birds get out early even if I don't make it out to the coop early. Makes it easier on your chicken sitters should you need to go on vacation or away on business etc. The sun mode is a great feature and automatically adjusts for sun rise and sunset times. It's great!!
ConsIf you run strictly on batteries, rarely the little computer can act up and not open or not close. Plugging it into power remedies this. It's not a big deal and is easily fixed by overriding and returning the setting to sun mode.