10. Add-A-Motor Accessory Kit
You can automate almost any type of access portal to your feathered friends’ homestead with the Add-A-Motor Accessory Kit (around $87). Capable of hefting up to ten pounds without lurching or jamming, it comes with universal connectors and easy-to-follow illustrated instructions.
- No complicated wiring or programming
- Highly adaptable design
- Can be forced open
9. Coop Protect
Keeping the fox out of the hen house doesn’t have to be burdensome or difficult, when you can follow the Coop Protect (around $199) system’s detailed infographics for installation and setup, giving those who cluck and crow the freedom to come and go as they please throughout the day.
- Sturdy aluminum components
- Rustproof hardware
- Only one size available
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8. Incubator Warehouse AutoCoop
The Incubator Warehouse AutoCoop (about $160) comes with a 10″ x 13″ fiberglass door and a motorized arm controlled by a programmable timer, so you can set-it-and-forget-it to let the girls out each day and secure the rookery whenever they’re ready to retire.
- Anodized aluminum guide rails
- Horizontal or vertical installation
- Not completely weatherproof
7. Cheeper Keeper
Offered in different sizes to fit houses designed for a variety of feathered livestock, the Cheeper Keeper (appx. $230) has a motorized, polished aluminum shutter that glides open at sunrise and closes securely when the sun sets in the evening, just like clockwork.
- Runs on 4 aa batteries
- Electronic overload prevention
- Doesn’t reopen to free pinned birds
6. Happy Henhouse
In addition to keeping warmth in and intruders out, the Happy Henhouse (about $135) promises to protect your biddies against accidental entrapment, should they get caught at the threshold on the way in. It features a rugged, weatherproof controller and a gear-driven motor.
- Sturdy braided-rope lift
- Dawn-to-dusk or timer operation
- Batteries need frequent replacement
5. Titan Incubators Elite
The Titan Incubators Elite (appx. $189) offers pop-hole access to the great outdoors that the occupants of your fowlery will surely appreciate. It’s compact enough even for smaller coops and easily programmed to open and close on a regular schedule.
- Batteries last 1 to 2 years
- Weatherproof metal closure
- Recommended for doors under 2 lbs
4. AdorStore Ador1
For a simple, straightforward option that’s built to withstand harsh conditions, try the heavy-duty AdorStore Ador1 (around $236), which is constructed from galvanized steel and uses a sturdy sprocket-driven system to provide reliable ingress, egress, and security for any enclosure.
- Can also be installed on fencing
- Optional frost protection upgrade
- Weatherproof electronic controls
3. Chicken Guard
If you’ve got a Chicken Guard (about $213) on duty, you and your flock can rest peacefully at night, knowing they’re safe and secure from nocturnal predators, and they can get an early start on foraging without anyone going to let them out in the morning.
- Adjustable light sensor
- Comes in three different sizes
- Easy to install all-in-one design
2. Coop Controls
The Coop Controls (appx. $229) system works for hinged openings between 16 and 30 inches wide, swinging into action when the integrated light sensor detects the crack of dawn or setting of the sun. Running on a 12v power supply, it’s available with or without a solar recharging kit.
- Adjustable delay timer
- Manual push-button override
- Adaptable to most prefab coops
1. Coop Tender
You can put a whole basketful of worries to bed with the Internet-enabled, fully programmable Coop Tender (around $300), a comprehensive solution that features scheduled or dusk-to-dawn operation, plus advanced technology to keep your birds indoors when the weather turns frigid.
- Battery backup power
- Low energy usage
- High torque gear-drive motor