I have this mounted to the outside of a large cage to let the chickens free roam during the day. It works really well. I think it has saved my flock from the fox a number of times. And I don't get that sinking feeling when I wake up in the morning and realise I forgot to shut the cage door the night before.
I am thinking of putting another one on the Eglu Cube (which is also awesome) so I don't have to manually close and open the door to keep them warm during winter nights.
I thought the batteries might need replacing often, but after three months they are still on 90%. They will last several years at this rate.
I found one tiny thing I'd like them to improve - you can open and close the door with either light or time, but not both. I'd like to open the door at 4pm - just before I get home, and have it close using light just before dusk. At the moment, I have to keep adjusting the close time to keep up with the seasons. It would be an easy software fix.
My big cage is on a slope. I initially installed the door on the upside of the slope. But the chickens scratching and gravity slowly moved the mulch and dirt downhill so it built up against the cage and door, eventually interfering with the door's slide mechanism. The slide design is excellent and works even with some dirt in the mechanism, but I was also getting small sticks. I moved it to the door to a different location and it fixed the problem. But something to watch - you want to mount it where debris can't build up. And mount it 5-10cm above the ground.
It's a great thing.
Excellent product. The light calls my chickens in for bedtime. Light comes on at dusk, chicken get in coop, AutoDoor closes and it’s night, night for the day.
Extremely love this product. I am not the early riser like my chickens so this allows them to run when they rise and shine for the day.
Having bought the automatic chicken coop door we wondered why we hadn't purchased it sooner. It is brilliant. Works well quite easy to assemble to our old wooden coop(omlet cube on the wish list!).
The door was a pleasure to install and use; its great industrial design shines though. When I was talked into getting chickens again (round four over 25 years and three properties), I insisted we put the work in upfront to reduce the labor and hassles of running a backyard coop as much as possible. The Omlet automatic door has banished a 2x daily chore forever!
I love the automatic door. It was very easy to install and works great.
It is nice to sleep in some mornings.
We got this when we realised our chicken coop wasn’t big enough for a vertical door. It was easy to install, easy to setup and easy to configure.
Only problem I had initially with the light sensor was understanding what the light levels were on the sensor in relation to how bright it is outside. I now have mine set to open at 70 and close at 20 which seems to work well at this time of year (Summer). May need changing again in the winter but we’ll see.
Overall, it’s an excellent piece of kit.
The Omlet automatic chicken door was very easy to install. Checked the timer as well as on demand functions and both worked as expected. The speed of closing allows the chickens to get by safely and it doesn't appear to scare them. I would recommend the Omlet door to others.