Recommendation by Rob Ludlow
As the co-author of “Chickens for Dummies” and owner of www.BackYardChickens.com, the largest and fasted growing community of chicken enthusiasts in the world with over 50,000 members, I have come across many products for every aspect of raising backyard chickens. One of the most interesting products I’ve looked at extensively is the automatic chicken door. I’ve seen a plethora of different designs and even had my hand at a homemade model for my own use. Unfortunately many of the designs (including my own) had issues that needed to be addressed. When I happened upon the Pullet-Shut Automatic Chicken Door I was very interested in their approach.
In a word, WOW. It lived up to, and exceeded my expectations. From my experience, this is the best door on the market and has some very exciting features that really make it unique: Start with the frame. The frame of the door is made from solid 7/8” aluminum. Almost all the other models I’ve seen use wood that tends to warp or bendable weak hollow aluminum or rusting steel. This frame holds the door square and true no matter where or how you mount it. Next is the door. It is aluminum clad and won’t warp, bind, rot, rust, or fail due to UV rays. And the door has plastic edging, to prevent injury to a chicken’s leg or neck. Also, many of the doors on the market use a string to pull the door up & let it down… not very critter proof (especially when you factor in how crafty and strong predators like raccoons are). This door is directly driven by a strong motor and the spaces between the door and frame are so tight that a predator would have a hard time getting any claws into the door let alone pulling it open.
Being a bit of a geek I was especially impressed with the electronics driving the door. Most of the doors I’ve seen have awkward systems to control the open and close positions, clumsy lamp timers for setting the open/close times, and a slew of other issues that are cleanly resolved and integrated into this super simple design. It took me about 10 minutes to install the door and about 15 seconds to set the open/close times! The door has the flexibility of running from main power or it can run on a 12 volt battery with a solar panel so no worries about running power out to the coop or dealing with power outages. The electronics are simple, intuitive yet very sophisticated.
If you are looking for an automatic door for your chickens, you definitely need to check out the Pullet-Shut door at www.chickendoors.com.
Owner - www.BackYardChickens.com
Hello, I've had your chicken door for four years now, and it's really been doing the job well for my flock of chickens and ducks. I've had no issues with it, other than a dead battery this year, and the occasional frozen poop chunk that stops the door from closing (it can get cold in Michigan!). Other than that, it's been a dream. I do protect the door from rain and ice and snow, though, which could hamper the door movement. It’s a door, not a snow shovel!Joe in Milan Michigan, February 2017
Hi, there! I just wanted to write to tell you that I absolutely love the Pullet Shut Chicken Door! I just purchased the door with the solar power and photo sensor a few weeks ago, and it is really quite excellent. My fiancé was impressed by the quality and craftsmanship, and it was extremely easy to install.Kim L, March 2016
I just wanted to thank you for making my life so much easier, and that we really believe that it's more than worth the money. I sleep better at night, and we are able to leave the hens feeling confident that they will be safe and sound when we return. We took a short overnight trip a few weeks after installing the door, and it worked out beautifully! We don't take long trips, but we take a lot of weekend short trips, and it is so much easier to plan for when we don't have to have a friend or neighbor come over twice a day, just to let the girls in and out. It's fabulous, and the chickies love it, too!
Just wanted to let you know that I love love LOVE my Pullet Shut automatic coop door! It wasTamar R., February 2015
so easy to install and it took my hens no time at all to get used to it. What a relief to not have to
worry about being home in time to lock up or open the coop!
Fantastic product, really impressed with the quality and design. Thank you for the solar option.
Just a spectacular set up!
I received my chicken door last week and we installed it on Saturday. I love it! So much betterLisa H, November 2014
than the old style cord door I had. Installed in no time and so easy to set. I was concerned if
the door would be heavy enough to protect against predators. No doubt that it will. Thanks
again, you have made my life (and my girls) so much easier . I would highly recommend it to
any chicken keeper.
Hi,Suzy, June 2014
We have had your super fantastic door since 2010. We have told many friends about it and this
year our neighbor decided to get chickens and bought one of your doors and got the light
sensor. How fantastic! In Southern Oregon the daylight changes significantly over the course of
the year and we have to reprogram every 4-6 weeks.
WE WANT THE SENSOR.
Hi there!!!Jenn S, March 2014
I just wanted to drop you a note to say that I am SO SO SO HAPPY WITH THIS DOOR!!!!!
I ordered a solar/battery door with the dawn/dusk sensor and It is FANTASTIC!!!
I have a fairly self sufficient coop with waterers and feeders that I built however this winter has
really been a doozie around here (Central OH) and having to go let the girls in and out every
morning/night in the subzero temps, was killing me.
I installed this a few months ago and seriously, this thing is AWESOME!!!! The hens got stuck
out the first night and once, one of my…ahem...chubbier…girls got her wing stuck before they'd
fully figured it out but since that day, everyone is in every night, safe and sound. Thank you SO
Awesome, awesome!!! This is the single best thing that I've gotten for the hens. Can't say
enough about it. Works easily, cheaply and very high quality.
Thank you again! I’m thrilled with my Pullet-Shut Door. It worked perfectly right out of the boxBetty F., January 2012
and is doing its thing every morning and evening just like your website promises.
Hooking up the battery and trickle charger were simple, and the instructions answered every
single question I could think up, and I can think up questions. I’m using the photo sensor, and it
waits to tell the door to close until the old hens and ornery red rooster are on the roost, and my
little hen-pecked silkie rooster has sneaked inside for the night and nestled onto his very own,
private roost. The door opens around 7:00 a.m. giving all the feather bundles time to ease out
one by one, preventing any early morning hen house brawls.
The door fit right over my present door opening, which I left smaller than the Chicken Door
frame and door to discourage bigger predators, but I did do a pretty impressive (to me) job of
closing up the airspace like your engineer recommended.
I probably appreciate your door more than most folks because I tried a different style from
another designer prior to ordering my Pullet-Shut... I talked to the manufacturer and fiddled with
it for days, but I eventually gave up and sent it back.
I LOVE my chicken door and have recommended it to one of my flight students who has hens and she adores the door as well!
I had a suggestion/product idea... What about an automatic feeder that opens and closes according to a timer? It would help those of us who are dealing with mice getting into our suspended feeders. Do you already have something like this???
Just a thought! 🙂
Good Flights!Cecil, November 2011