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ChickenGuard Extreme Automatic Chicken Coop Door Opener, Timer/Light Sensor, Lifts Pop hole door up to 4kg
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- High quality product manufactured and assembled by ChickenGuard to military grade standards in Great Britain. All the electronics are enclosed in a weather proof casing and FULLY encapsulated in epoxy resin allowing the ChickenGuard Extreme to withstand the elements even in the harshest of environments.
- ChickenGuard Extreme model has an enhanced door lifting capacity of 4kg (8lbs). No minimum or maximum door heights. ChickenGuard supplies a highly durable cord which has a breaking strain of 25kg or 50lbs. Low maintenance. Comes with a no quibble 3 years manufacturer guarantee. Over 130,000 users worldwide trust ChickenGuard to keep their chickens safe.
- Easy to use - Integrated fully featured LCD screen. Open in the morning & close in the evening automatically by setting the timer or using the easily adjusted (LUX) Light Sensor. ChickenGuard automatic door openers save you getting up in the morning and protect your chickens from Mr. Fox. Simply press the button if you wish to open & close manually.
- Simple to Setup – All in one design, no complicated wiring or cabling. Attach the ChickenGuard door opener to your chicken coop, connect the cord to the door and you are ready to go.
- Runs on 4 x AA alkaline batteries (included). Long battery life & Low battery warning. Door closed indicator light visible up to 100 metres away.
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- Are you tired of rushing to the coop at the crack of dawn to let your hens out?
- Are you sick of getting soaking wet on winter nights to lock your chickens in their coop?
- Have you had enough with poorly crafted coop door openers that give you a headache in the installation?
ChickenGuard, the leader in chicken coop automation, has released an advanced technology chicken door opener for your peace of mind and your poultry safety! The timer & easy controls blend to give you a reliable, durable and highly convenient automatic chicken door opener.
Expertly constructed and convenient
Using integrated LCD Screen this door opener is expertly constructed to be easy to use, highly reliable and dependable in keeping your poultry flock safe from dusk until dawn including a built in light sensor. The ChickenGuard Extreme can withstand the elements even in the harshest of environments while being able to lift 8lbs
Treat yourself & your hens to a ChickenGuard
Automate your chicken coop door open/close time
Equipped with a high-end timer & light sensor, this chicken coop accessory is a must-have for your poultry flock protection! Set the time when the coop door will open, adjust the opening/closing mode depending on the time of the year and proudly watch your hens lining up for their breakfast in the fresh air!
Enjoy simple control settings
No need to be a technology expert to function your new chicken coop defence accessory! Enjoy increased flexibility in the time and way you want the popup door open, with automatic or manual settings! The large buttons are made for your convenience, easy to press even with thick gloves! With our simplified UI & exceptional engineering, it’s very easy to program and change time.
Up to 6 months of usage with batteries
Make sure the coop door is closed at a distance, thanks to the indicator visible from 100 yards away! The large LCD screen allows for effortless use, while the 4 AA batteries will last up to six months, saving you money and worries! ChickenGuard’s automatic coop door openers are completely safe around your family and pets. Economical, effective and convenient chicken door opener!
Super Easy Setup
Simply secure the ChickenGuard unit to the front of your coop with the fittings provided, connect the cord to the door, set the opening and closing times, and relax knowing your chickens are safe and sound.
Comes with detailed instructions in various languages
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UPDATE: Died at 7 months. Seems like the motor froze. String will not move at all. When I attempt to re-calibrate the door the screen just blanks out and does nothing. I will try to contact the company to ascertain warranty service and will update afterwards.
UPDATE 2: Contacted the company, a few emails later it was decided I needed to return the opener for repair/replacement. Well, the company is in the UK and mailing to the UK is not cheap, nor fast. Mailed 14 days ago and have not heard anything yet. Requested status update or information on the package arrival, but nothing heard back yet. Will update again later.
Then my appraisal of this item went even further up and right off the scale. It came with a three year warranty and within minutes, literally, of posting a question about replacement parts, I was emailed back with a request for my current address so parts could be expressed out to me! That is not an exaggeration! When the part didn’t solve the issue - they turned around and expressed out the brand new latest model!
The customer service I received from this company is something you rarely find these days. The part was totally covered and they replaced it fast!
We have about 70 chickens so the door is an essential to our operations.
You won’t be disappointed with this door - you can set it up on sensor or a timer to adjust for daylight savings changes. The door is great but you can rest easy that should you an encounter a rare problem - they stand behind their product!
While I have had the controller for only a few days, it seems quite well made. While relatively expensive, it stands head and shoulders above other units. A few Summers of our brutal heat should tell the final story. I do have a few suggestions, however.
At this price, the instruction manual could be a bit more well written. Some steps and explanations are a bit murky (and I'm a computer type guy), and not all steps are illustrated. For example, it's not quite explicit that the Manual modes and Auto modes are mutually exclusive. The statement is a bit gray.
Also, for this price, I would expect the Manual buttons to override the Auto mode. If I'm working in the chicken pen it would be nice to have a Close or Open button without needing to reprogram the unit. Also, the AA batteries are kind of hokey. How about a 6V power jack in the unit so one could use a small 6v battery and solar charger, as an option? This would be inexpensive and there is plenty of room. Finally, I'm not a fan of string-like gaskets. A quality unit like this should have a pre-molded O-Ring to seal the box.
First of all, I absolutely love the ability to open and close the door with the buttons. That's a major PLUS in my book as it gives me manual control when I need it.
Although the setup is fairly straightforward using the setup wizard on the screen, do yourself a favor and read the instructions. It gives you so much more information on how to properly set up the unit so that you get exactly the setup you need. I love the fact that you can choose between light sensor, manual opening, timer or Lux+ (which is light sensor with a backup time to close) available in the extreme model. By reading the instructions you will also learn that you can set a different open close schedule according to the days of the week, as well as how to adjust the light settings to work exactly the way you want if your install is under an awning like mine or perhaps gets tree shade in the afternoon or whatever.
Although the closed door indicator is supposed to be visible 100 yards away, I'm unable to see it from my house because of the position of the coop. I'm thinking about trying to bend the light with a mirror so that I can see it from my house at night. Any suggestions are welcome (just hit comment below this review).
My favorite thing of all is being able to wake up in the morning, look out my window, and see my chickens happily running around the yard while I'm still in my jammies. It has been an excellent investment for this reason alone!
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But I am going to make an exception for this piece of under-developed trash due to the amount of time I have wasted trying just to make it work.
Bear in mind that installing this involves being on your hands and knees in a cold wet garden.
Ordered based on some of the more positive reviews (are they even genuine?) and fitted to the outside of my chicken house having made it ready, fitted the seal, and set the clock.
Next step - calibrate the door - set the "open" position - then I try to move to set the closed position and it just won't move the door. Much re-trying, re-reading the instructions, looking at the videos. Nothing.
To Customer Services - they admit there is a firmware error effecting all the Amazon stock. Why didn't they recall it ? Apparently they expect customers to enter the "hidden" menu and re-calibrate the firmware.
So - deep breath, remove the unit, follow the detailed instructions, refit the unit, and - nothing - just the same as before - still doesn't work.
Back to Customer Services - they ask me to return the item and order direct from them. More profitable too isn't it ?!
I told them that after this issue I expected a significant discount.
At this point Martin H from their sales department calls me and after a chat offers me a unit FoC. I ask him to make sure that the unit is properly tested before dispatch. He assures me it will be.
When this doesn't arrive I call up to discover that he's forgotten! No, really - and it gets better !
So another unit is dispatched which arrives while I'm away travelling and which I have just tried to fit today.
Same deal - ready the unit - fit the seal and set the clock. Outside to fix the unit. Door calibration. Door open position, sets the calibration. Door closed position - this time it appears to work.
Message from the unit "door will now fully open" - door opens then unit shows "door calibration error".
There is no strain here - the door is free to move - it has opened and then failed.
Back to the calibration wizard to try again and the unit is completely unresponsive.
They sent me this unit FoC and I wish they hadn't bothered.
Supposedly tested before it left the factory and it fails even to set up properly.
I don't know if this product will ever be fit for purpose but it certainly isn't now. Avoid, avoid, avoid.
D'abord, une plainte mineure. La ficelle utilisée pour soulever la porte est seulement attachée (quoique étroitement) à la tige. Mais, ce n'est pas fermement fixé. Autrement dit, il ne passe pas à travers un trou ou une fente, il est simplement enroulé autour la tige. Cela signifie que si la ficelle est complètement étendue, elle peut sortir de la tige - comme cela m'est passe. Il n'a pas été difficile de le rattacher, et j'ai pu le fixer plus fermement en pinçant la ficelle sous la bobine de plastique. Cependant, cela devrait vraiment être abordé dans la conception de base.
Deuxièmement, et, en fonction de vos besoins, PEUT-ÊTRE TRÈS GRAVE. Si vous alimentez l'appareil via USB et qu'il y a une coupure de courant, même momentanée, LE TEMPS DE L'HORLOGE EST PERDU. Si votre horaire d'ouverture est basé sur l'heure, plutôt que sur le niveau d'éclairage, votre horaire ne fonctionnera pas tant que l'horloge n'aura pas été réinitialisée. Pire, la porte pourrait s'ouvrir à un moment aléatoire, peut-être au milieu de la nuit. Donc, si vous utilisez l'alimentation USB, votre seule option efficace est un programme d'ouverture basé sur la lumière.
Je voudrais aussi noter que sur la version Extreme la vie des piles n'est pas particulièrement bonne, peut-être une semaine ou deux. De plus, bien qu'il y ait un avertissement de piles faibles, je n'ai pas reçu. C'est juste mort. C'est pourquoi je suis passé à l'alimentation USB. Selon mon avis, l'unité devrait contenir une batterie rechargeable pour agir comme back-up en cas de panne de l'USB.
I think most users would (certainly to begin with) simply want the door to open at dawn and close at dusk, which means you have to buy the Premium or Extreme model. There are a number of advanced modes. Options like 'if not shut via light sensor by a certain time then shut anyway' may not be of much use as you could easily lock out your stock. I do like the fact you have the option to read the current lux value and set the door to operate exactly at that light level.
Unless you need heavy door lifting feature of this version, the Premium model is enough. Also, the VSB range (which I also have used effectively) simply do the job at 2/3rds this price and the basic model has the light sensor.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said or thought ‘thank god for the chicken guard’ I have mine set to ‘sensor’ so as the times change (sunset/sunrise increase or decrease) it opens & closes according