Raising chickens in the 21st century: Why do you need an automatic coop door?

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Automatic chicken coop doors have been around for a couple of years now. Are you wondering if they are suitable for you and your chickens? The short answer is: Yes, they can make your life easier and save your chickens’ lives. But let’s look at 5 reasons that make an automatic coop door a great addition to modern chicken raising.

Protects chickens from predators

Whether you are a free-range chicken raiser or a fully indoor nature breeder, you must have heard or experienced the invasiveness of the wildlife that is praying on your chickens. Foxes, coyotes, raccoons, dogs, mink, owls, and some hawks also find chickens a meaty, easy-to-catch meal. Discovering chickens killed or carried off by a predator can be devastating and frustrating. If you were ever faced with this situation, you surely know the importance of a predator-proof coop. One of the best ways to protect them is to install an automatic chicken coop door. This way, you won’t have to remind yourself every day to close the coop. Here you can read some more tips on how to make sure your chickens stay safe.


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Saves you time

If you are raising chicken in the backyard or on a farm, you probably have lots of other activities going on. Maybe you have a job away from home or have other animals that need to be taken care of. Perhaps you have fields to cultivate or have many friends you need to visit. Or maybe you want to spend as much time as you can with your family and find time for yourself. Anyway, time is valuable – you can never get more of it. Using an automatic coop door to let your chickens in and out, you get more time to do other things. Run-Chicken automatic coop door is designed to make your days easier and enables modern and efficient chicken raising. Welcome to the 21st century!


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Enjoy more eggs and free time

When you have an automatic chicken door built-in, your coop raising chickens becomes a happy, worry-free activity. Your chickens lay more because they feel safe, and every morning you collect fresh eggs without a care in the world. Do you want to get the most eggs you can from your chickens? Here are a few tips. Knowing the door keeps predators out, you can even sleep better. Waking up early in the morning to open the coop door and staying home in the evening to close it is unnecessary when you have an automatic chicken coop door. They usually have a unique built-in sensor sensitive only to natural light, which means they open when there is enough light and close when it gets dark. This feature gives you more free time to go on a trip, visit family or friends, and do other activities that provide you with pleasure.


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Energy efficient

Automatic coop doors can run on electricity, batteries, solar power, or a combination of these three. If you have a coop near your house, you can probably install a cable that leads to the door. But many chicken lovers don’t have power supplies near coops. Solar power can be a great option because of its positive impact on the environment. However, it is usually more expensive and reliable only if there is enough sun in your area; this is one reason why battery-powered coop doors are the best choice for most. For example, Run-Chicken automatic coop door needs only two AA batteries to power the device. If you use high-quality batteries, they should last you a whole year in climates ranging from −15° F to 140° F (−25 °C to 60 °C). For opening and closing the door, a small amount of energy is needed. The unit lets you know if the batteries are getting low. If you forget to replace batteries, the door will stay closed to protect your chickens.

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Programmable opening and closing time

Automatic coop doors usually have two modes of operation – light sensor and timer-based. Doors with light sensor technology will automatically open at sunrise and close at dusk or dark. On the other hand, if you have a coop door with a timer, you can configure what time you want them to open or close. The timer comes in handy, for example, if you have doors installed in a darker environment and you want them to open sooner, or if you have a specific breed of chicken that needs to stay outside longer. Both technology variations have their advantages and disadvantages, so we recommend a door with a light sensor and a timer-based option. Run-Chicken automatic coop door has a high-tech sensor that excludes all artificial light sources, such as sensor lights, street lights, and flashlights. In addition, door technology automatically detects your time zone. It is also possible to program the opening and closing time using a button on the unit.

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