Absolutely love this product. Fitted it to my existing wooden house and I operate it by timer. No more having to get up early to let the girls out into the run in the morning or rushing home in the evenings to lock them into bed. I can also go away for a couple of days knowing the Omlet Automatic Coop Door will keep the girls safe at night for me
This door has made life so much easier and I feel relaxed knowing the girls are safe from predators at night. Thank you Omlet for coming up with such a great product.
I have given this five stars as it really is a "good bit of kit". I have a coup within a wooden house and then an enclosed run for when we are out. When we are at home the girls free range our large garden (minus the fruit and veg beds which we have fenced off!!!). The girls find their way back tot heir house when bed time approaches. We have the Automatic Door on their house, not their coup and this works well for us and them. We use the settings that recognise how light and how dark it is and have not had a problem with the girls being locked out at all. All good. My only minor comments of negativity would be that the lift up lid on the control box doesn't click shut so in my windy spot it does blow up needing some securing. The other issue is that there are very small screws to use to assemble and to replace the batteries and this is not the best design when it has to be done outside, in situ, on a muddy day and with hens walking all over the instruction leaflets!!!! I think this bit of the construction design could be tweaked, but still a very good purchase.
Omlet Says: Hi,
Thank you for your review.
We are sorry that you have had some issued with the control panel cover and some screws.
Please email us at email@example.com to discuss this further.
The Omlet Team
This is well-though-through, well designed product. Heaps better than other designs we had a look at. Works like a treat for us. Our chickens raise before dawn, so had to set it to time mode, finally can get some sleep in the morning!
I am delighted with the automatic coop door. It means I don't have to go out in my pj's in all weather to let my girls out in the morning and I don't need to rush home to make sure they are safe when the sun goes down. It was very easy to fit and set up and really good quality. Should have purchased one years ago!!!
Pleased we bought the auto door for our wooden coop. No more being woken up with the girls shouting. They had no problems using it after it was first installed. Have it on the manual setting presently but when the clocks change in March will change it to light sensitivity. Was easy to install and set up. Would recommend it to anyone wanting quiet mornings.
Our chickens are on our allotment and since we got them, we were there at least twice a day to let them out and shut them back in. Going out on evenings was a nightmare as we constantly worried about foxes if we weren't there at dusk to close the hatch.
The Omlet Automatic Chicken Coop Door really has taken the pressure off. We can sleep in on the mornings and go out on the evenings without stressing about foxes. The door seems reliable and it took a few days of monitoring to ensure the settings were in tune to our chickens' routines, otherwise I'd be worried about them being locked out at night. Thankfully this has never yet happened.
I have just a few niggles, though overall I'm really happy with the door.
- I have the door on a light setting; opening and closing according to light levels. This is fine in winter but I know in summer I'd need to tweak the settings so my cockerel isn't let out to crow at 5am and annoy the neighbours. It would have been great if there were an option like "open at XX light level, but no earlier than 08:00", or "open on a time schedule, but close on a light level". Instead, I'll just have to increase the opening light level and perhaps add an additional opening delay too through the year.
- I have my door set to close on the lowest light level with quite a high additional delay, which ends up closing just a few minutes after my chickens have taken themselves to bed. I'd have liked the light sensor to have been just a little bit more sensitive, so I didn't have to rely on the lowest light setting.
- If I want to manually close the chickens out during the day to clean their coop, only a few minutes later the door will open again because the minimum light level for opening has been met. I'm not aware of a way to be able to close the door until it is either manually opened again, or until it has first gone through the close routine (reaching the minimum light level) before automatically opening the next morning.
All in all, a great product that I'd highly recommend and there should be enough configuration options for you to get around any limitations.
Omlet Says: Dear Stuart,
Thank you for your review. It is so nice to hear that the door has made such a difference to your day to day routines. I will pass on your comments about opening and closing on different modes, this might be something they can look into.
If you wish to keep your chickens out during the cleaning of your coop, you can still use the manual coop door, or you can change the mode on the control panel to "manual" then change it back to "light" once you have finished cleaning the coop.
I hope this information helps, please feel free to email our customer services team at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions or concerns.
Overall the kit is easy to install and the door works well. I think having to unscrew the back of the controller each time batteries need replacement is a poor design issue as over time the threads will wear and replacement exposes the motherboard & connections. I’m not sure why a standard battery compartment was not used. Also the light detector is fickle & struggled to give an indication of light intensity which was remotely consistent. The timer works well thankfully as the unit is easy to program.
Omlet Says: Hello Nicole,
Thank you for your review, we will pass on your comments about the battery compartment to our product design team.
As for the light sensor, the brightness outside is rarely consistent. Light levels change depending on the weather, the clouds and sun position.
However if you believe that your control panel is faulty, please do not hesitate to contact our customer services team on email@example.com.
So much aggro trying to get teenage sons ( and husband .) to put chickens away when I’m at work!
All solved... and I can even risk an extra hour in bed on a weekend.
Chicken keeping now giving the joy I had hoped...wish I d bought it 4 yrs ago.
Got this coop light to help my girls through this very dark period! As it is also compatible with my door. Bonus! it is a real help!