We've had the door now for a month, and it has worked great! We went out of town for a few days, and the chickens were let out and locked up during their routine hours. Installation was a breeze, and Omlet provided more than enough hardware for multiple mounting options. The online video tutorial was very helpful. We used the time setting option for opening and closing the door, and so far it has stuck with it. Why did I purchase this over other doors? The first reason is it is made of plastic, and it does not require a power outlet. Living in Houston, it gets humid and wet all the time, so I did not want something that would rust easily. Running on batteries is a plus because I didn't to run a power cord to it. I looked at some solar options, but didn't want to deal with the additional hardware. Overall, the price was economical and well worth it for the ease of installation and use!
The automatic door was recommended to me by a friend, so I put it on my Christmas list. It was not fiddly to fit (as had been suggested) not that I fitted it, but the guy who did, did not have any problem. This was on a Mark I so we had all the kit to go with it. We decided to use the timer, rather than rely on daylight, as one of the chickens is a dirty stop out. This works really well, and if they are all in I can use the override.
I now no longer have to shock the neighbourhood by going out in my dressing gown to let them out which, given the weather we have been having, has often resulted in muddy pjs. And also not worry about chasing back to shut them up at night. Not cheap, but well worth every penny
I have been wanting to review this for a while now, but I am still so excited about the life changing aspect of this auto-door, I may never calm down! It is amazing. It does exactly what it's supposed to do. My hens are safely tucked in before I get home from work, and they're up and out the next morning before I have my coffee. No more fretting in the dead of winter about the well-being of my flock. The auto-door takes care of the security details so you can focus on the other stuff.
Thank you Omlet for a superb product.
Having plucked up the courage to spend the money on this product I am thoroughly pleased that I did. It has meant that I can stop panicking about getting back to close them in before dark. We lost our old chooks 10 years ago to an early fox visit. Our hens are free range and we opted to put it on the Cube rather than the run. Only one old hen has once stayed out too long on the perch since having this door, and after opening the door manually, she went in. She has never done it again! We have it on the preset light settings and it has worked fine. I can thoroughly recommend it just for the peace of mind.
I have been hoping for this ever since I bought my Eglu cube in 2012 and it fulfills all of my hopes. It was easy to install with the kit for the MK1 and it works beautifully. Life is simpler and my chickens are safer.
Well made product. Easily integrated with the automatic door controler.
Have installed on to the front of my existing wooden (non-omlet) coop, and was simple to just bolt on.
No problems once set up
We have not used a light on the coop before but it’s was a new young flock (8 hens) and we live in the Highlands (so daylight is at a premium at the moment (November)). We bought them from a grower of commercial flocks and so they had been used to a tightly regulated indoor system and so had to learn to become free range hens! And the light has helped showing them where to go after a day foraging in their run to roost for the night (it took a couple of days but their behaviour now is ‘normal’) going in a out of the coop at the correct times - one happy hen owner!!
This was purchased as a birthday gift for our daughter. Husband has fitted this with no problem and this should make life a lot easier for her. She has to be up at 4.30 a.m. and it is already dark when she gets home, so chickens should appreciate this too.
Bought the auto door and conversion kit for our Mk 1. The instruction book seemed a bit daunting and there is no video showing the fitting to a Mk1.
In reality installation was more straightforward than we had feared. We have also enjoyed watching the bedtime routine of the chickens. Strongly recommend