(I hope you enjoy this email from a customer, with all the challenges, we all could use a laugh... have a very Blessed Christmas this year)
We had chickens 20-years ago when my boys were young and did all the chores. Back then we had a sad coop made from a large wooden create. Last year my wife and I decided to get chickens again and built a really nice coop as our stay-at-home COVID project. And we got your door. My now grown sons are mad at me for not having to get up early in the morning to let the chickens out. One of them said, “That’s typical, there’s always plenty of money to spend when management is forced to do the work.”
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
Just purchased my second solar light for my “specialty hens’ (Black Copper Maran crossed with Barred Rock = LOTS of dark brown eggs!). Now have 4 coops equipped with your automatic doors, including two summer meat bird coops and two winterized coops to keep the hens laying year round … before they end up in the soup pot). Your products continue to withstand the test of time and increasingly messy Maine winters (no just snow anymore … more and more rain, sleet and snow. With awnings over the doors, they perform well even with the frozen rain and sleet!
Thanks for your design and attention to solid, long lasting materials!!!Jon E, Maine, Nov 2020,
I have to tell you I am so GRATEFUL for your product. I used to feel chained to the house to make sure the chickens got out in the morning and in at night. It has operated flawlessly.
I no longer have to race home from eating out to close the coop! I bought it nearly 4 years ago and it’s still working great.
There were only 2 times the door did not open in the morning. One was because a raccoon had been climbing all over the coop and somehow pulled the wires out of the rechargeable battery. The other time was because I got the “light sensor” tangled up under the tarp/roof so it couldn’t sense the light. But both times, things were easily fixed.
It has made having chickens a real joy. Just thought I’d tell you guys a huge thank you for designing and making this.Deborah B Oct 2020,
I just wanted to follow up on this purchase that I made back in 2016.
The chicken door has worked flawlessly since the installation.
I haven’t changed any of the default settings. Once in a while a chicken will be trapped outside (always the same one) and the door reopening time isn’t quite long enough for the chicken to react.
But it has been a great addition, and 31 of my 32 chickens approve of it. Although they refuse to put that in writing, LOL.
Terry (May 2019)
I just ordered a 2nd Pullet-shut chicken door for one of my mobile “Chick-saw” style coops. The first door was ordered this winter and installed on a lightweight mobile coop that I use for my laying hens. I couldn’t be happier! I live in Central Maryland and we get a huge variety of conditions from occasional sub-zero temperatures, to sleet and freezing rain. The door has served us well all winter long. I was at an “Annie’s Project” meeting talking to some other poultry keepers a few weeks ago. The topic of automatic doors had come up and we had recently had freezing rain followed by single-digit temperatures. The other farmers automatic doors (not Pullet-shuts) had failed and they had to go out and both chip ice away and manually reset their doors. My Pullet-shut door sailed through without a hitch.
Thank you for making such a reliable product. I’m excited to outfit all of my coops with your automatic doors now that I know how seamlessly and reliably they work.
A BIG HOWDY to the Chicken Door Specialists,
My name is Karen. I recently suffered a predation problem which has been hard to solve. Weasels can pretty much squeeze thru any fence…you can take that to the bank! So talking to my other chicken friends someone suggested an automated chicken door. I looked at several sites and decided to purchased your product after looking your website over. I normally don’t do this sort of thing, being an old lady and not into social networks, but I am so impressed that I decided to let you folks know that you have “hit the bullseye” with your chicken doors. I got the med. solar/battery pullet door. I’m sending you a picture and hope you can view it. I am 69 years young, single and live alone in rural Oregon. Just me, my cats and my chickens. I installed this door ALL BY MYSELF!! That’s how easy your product is it use. Really!!! I mean you just cut the door hole, screw it in, plug in the solar panel and the battery wires and you’re up and running! Now I can just sit back, relax with a nice glass of Oregon Pinot Gris and watch that door open and close all by itself. Thank you for making my life easier and my chickens safer. I am certainly going to recommend your products.
Karen and her girls
I just wanted to take the time to say "Thank You" for building these doors and making them available to the public. I've been raising chickens for about 7 years now and we invested the money in your automatic door from the start. I can not say enough positive things about it to do it justice. It has worked flawlessly since day one and when I was having problems with it and contacted you, you advised me to oil the pin(which I had never done in years) and it resolved the issue. Your customer service has been wonderful and responsive each time I've contacted you with questions. We finally replaced the battery on the original door and just updated the solar panel. It has worked so well for us that when we expanded our flock to a second coop we ordered a second door for the new coop. It's the little things in life that make the most impact and your automatic chick door has been such a blessing on many late nights and kept our flock safe and allowed me to sleep easier knowing my girls were all safe. Thank You and keep up the great work!
MaryAnn from CT
I just wanted to send an updated testimonial for the Pullet Shut chicken door. We've had ours for 6 years, now. It is still working fine with the original photocell! We've had to replace the battery a couple of times over the years, but we live in MN where the below-zero winter temps eat batteries for lunch 😉
All the mechanics still function and "the girls" line up at the door in the morning when they know it's going to open. I've recommended the product to several friends and wanted to send you a shout-out!
Thanks for a superior product!!CHERYL in MN, April 2018
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