Automatic chicken coop doors are essential components to your chicken coop. They can keep your chickens secure while also providing them easy access to the outdoors. Plus, it saves you time and energy so you don’t have to go outside to let your chickens out every morning.
However, many chicken owners have questions about how best to set up and operate their automatic chicken coop doors. That’s why we’ve answered some of the most common questions about automatic doors:
Can you leave it open at night?
Technically speaking, yes. Automatic chicken coop doors can be left open overnight. However, we don’t recommend that you do so. Many predators roam around during the night and will sneak into your coop if the door is left open. Plus, the nights are colder, so keeping the door open can cause a draft to come into the coop during the cooler months.
Can you use an automatic chicken coop door in the winter?
Automatic doors are weather-proof. This means they can withstand almost anything from downpours to heavy snow. You won’t have to worry too much about your automatic door during the wintertime, as these doors can survive temperatures as low as 5 degrees Fahrenheit.
However, you can run the risk of it freezing shut. As such, you should always clear away all snow and ice as soon as possible from the door’s grooves.
Could my chickens get trapped outside?
If you’ve properly trained your chickens to return to the coop, then you shouldn’t have to worry about the automatic door closing while your chickens are still outside. However, if you are truly concerned, you can always get an automatic door that uses a timer instead of light sensors. Keep an eye on what time your chickens usually return to the coop, and then set the door to close just after that.
If you have further questions about automatic chicken coop doors or questions about how to care for your flock, contact Chickens for Backyards today!