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5 Best Chicken Coop Doors for Gardens Reviewed in 2020 (UK & USA)

By Zoe,
6th May 2018 | Updated: 30th April 2020

What is the best automatic chicken coop door? Browse reviews of the best chicken coop doors tested by our team

5 Best Chicken Coop Doors for Gardens Reviewed in 2020 (UK & USA)

What is the best automatic chicken coop door? Browse reviews of the best chicken coop doors tested by our team

Last updated on 6th May 2018 by Zoe

Quick Comparison: Product reviews of the best chicken coop doors

Product reviews

We’ve spent over 100 hours investigating and product testing a huge range of automatic chicken coop doors to hunt out the best currently available in the UK, comparing many key features such as price, functionality, power source and weight to narrow it down to the best in the market currently.

In our opinion, the result has a clear winner: the ChickenGuard automatic chicken coop door opener, in our opinion, ticks the most boxes and is tops our list of the best chicken coops, although we’ve put together a list of our definitive best chicken coop doors products below:

  1. 1
    84%
    84%

    ChickenGuard Extreme (Automatic) Review

    ChickenGuard have combined all of the great features available on the ASTi Premium model, but have ruggedised the electronics to military-grade specifications, fully encapsulated the controls electronics in epoxy resin and increased the motor capacity up to 4 kg / 8 lbs.

    Running on only 4 x AA batteries, the Extreme Door Opener has been designed with ease of use in mind.

    Depending on frequency of use, will run for approximately 6 months to a year before it needs new batteries.

    Simply secure the Control Box to the front of your coop, set your Opening and Closing preferences and your away.

    The Good
    • This is an extremely well designed and built unit. It is very easy to install and set up and can be fitted on most – if not all – chicken doors.
    • It is head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to reliability and durability, and is perfect in the British weather.
    • The extra motor enables it to lift heavier doors, which perhaps makes it more suited to those with larger coops or a dozen or more birds.
    • There are a simple set of instructions that arrive with the box and setup walkthrough videos available on the website.
    The Bad
    • The price is a bit steep. However, if this is an issue we recommend going for one of the same brand’s more basic models, such as the standard. There is a reason this is one of the most trusted brands in the game, and we’ve struggled to find fault with this model.
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  2. 2
    81%
    81%

    Automatic Chicken House Door Opener / Closer Timer

    Titan understand the responsibility to keep our chickens safe and happy, but also know that opening and closing chicken house doors can be impractical during social hours and unbearable when rainy or cold.

    These realities were therefore strongly considered when designing our products which cover the day to day care of opening and closing your chicken house.

    This model automatically opens and closes your chicken house doors at times chosen by you – most importantly meaning no more need to wake up early or stay up late for your birds.

    Simple to set up – simply insert batteries, set the current time and the times at which you would like the door to open and close, attach to the chicken house and away you go! Ideal for use on the inside or outside of your chicken house.

    The Good
    • This door open is weather-proofed and suitable for use all year round.
    • This model automatically opens and closes your chicken house doors at times chosen by you – meaning no need to wake up early or stay up late.
    • It’s also extremely easy to set up – simply insert the batteries, set the current time and the times you would like the door to open and close and you are ready to go!
    The Bad
    • One big con of this particular door is that any door openers below 350g will need additional weight for smooth use. The door opener becomes unresponsive and unreliable unless this weight is achieved (although the maximum recommendation is 1kg).
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  3. 3
    79%
    79%

    The Hensafe Automatic Review

    This is an innovative chicken house door opener and closer with 3 operating modes in one compact, weatherproof box.

    Microprocessor driven with a user-friendly menu system and backlit display, HenSafe fills the gap in the market for a door opener/closer which uses a combination of Light and Time together in one unit.

    The Good
    • Has both time mode and light mode options
    • It’s also extremely reliable and will last for many years.
    • It’s also capable of lifting heavy weighted doors.
    The Bad
    • It’s a very fiddly unit to set up and can take some time.
    • Also, it arrives with a waterproof bag and, as such, is not actually waterproof itself.
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  4. 4
    74%
    74%

    ChuxAway 1000 Review

    The chuxaway enjoys a large following on internet discussion forums, with many people praising the build quality and the value for money.

    We found it easy to programme, excellent battery life and found the ordering system (direct from their website) to be easy and quick.

    Definitely one of the best chicken coop doors on our list.

    The Good
    • Long life batteries
    • Easy to programme – most people choose a single programme to open at a particular time in the morning and close at a set time in the evening. However, it is possible to have the door open/close at different times on different days of the week.
    • Good services from a family run business and cheap!
    The Bad
    • Complicated to set-up the wiring
    • The timer needs to be inside the coop.
    • There’s not much room on the weight, but as long as it’s a small henhouse it will work fine.
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  5. 5
    70%
    70%

    Metal pop Hole Door & Light Sensor Review

    One of our favourites on our list of the best chicken coop doors and perfect if you are looking for a good price and a well know brand name.

    This is the second titan product on our list and the first with the light sensor – which whilst can be a little temperamental is overall an excellent addition.

    The Good
    • Open and close your chicken coop pop-hole door according to light levels
    • Reasonable price
    • Comes with a four year warranty
    • It is one of the most widely bought models and is very easy to set up for heavier doors.
    The Bad
    • The light sensor can be oversensitive and triggers, such as the moonlight, can be an annoyance.
    • It won’t work with ramps
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Side-by-side: Product reviews of the best chicken coop doors

ChickenGuard Extreme (Automatic) Review

  • This is an extremely well designed and built unit. It is very easy to install and set up and can be fitted on most – if not all – chicken doors.
  • It is head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to reliability and durability, and is perfect in the British weather.
  • The extra motor enables it to lift heavier doors, which perhaps makes it more suited to those with larger coops or a dozen or more birds.
  • There are a simple set of instructions that arrive with the box and setup walkthrough videos available on the website.
Check price  on amazon

Automatic Chicken House Door Opener / Closer Timer

  • This door open is weather-proofed and suitable for use all year round.
  • This model automatically opens and closes your chicken house doors at times chosen by you – meaning no need to wake up early or stay up late.
  • It’s also extremely easy to set up – simply insert the batteries, set the current time and the times you would like the door to open and close and you are ready to go!
Check price  on amazon

The Hensafe Automatic Review

  • Has both time mode and light mode options
  • It’s also extremely reliable and will last for many years.
  • It’s also capable of lifting heavy weighted doors.
Check price  on amazon

ChuxAway 1000 Review

  • Long life batteries
  • Easy to programme – most people choose a single programme to open at a particular time in the morning and close at a set time in the evening. However, it is possible to have the door open/close at different times on different days of the week.
  • Good services from a family run business and cheap!
Check price  on amazon

Metal pop Hole Door & Light Sensor Review

  • Open and close your chicken coop pop-hole door according to light levels
  • Reasonable price
  • Comes with a four year warranty
  • It is one of the most widely bought models and is very easy to set up for heavier doors.
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Frequently asked questions

What is an automatic chicken coop door?

Automatic chicken coop doors open and close to a set time and protect the chickens from predators, including those pesky foxes!

The best chicken coop doors are an essential purchase and addition to any henhouse.

Some doors include a light sensor to open and close in the morning and evening.

Can I put a timer on my chicken coop door opener/closer?

The short answer: yes. A premium automatic chicken coop door opener will set you back around £100 but is well worth the investment.

Usually, the door openers combine both a timer and a light sensor for controlling the door.

They are easy to setup with an integrated LCD screen for straight forward settings adjustment and usually only require 4 batteries!

It usually only requires a simple instalment to the front of the coop, the setting of opening and closing preferences and then you are ready.

What's the benefit of an automatic chicken coop door?

The main purpose of an automatic door is to protect the chickens from predators and pets.

This is extremely important and our research found that this is the main reason people invest in the coop doors.

Anyone with any experience of raising chickens is probably all too familiar with the issues associated with pets and chickens and the risks of nearby foxes.

These doors are a great investment for that extra bit of security that can save you money in the long run.

Beyond this, another important consideration is the time saved by having automatic doors.

No more early mornings and cancelled plans!

Simply set the timer to your desired time and you’re done.

For a short-term investment it can save hours of wasted time!

The best chicken coop doors are ideal for anyone with chickens who works until late on dark winter nights, but equally as good for people like ourselves who just forget!

What's the best electric chicken coop door?

On our list of the best chicken coop doors, the best we have found is the Chicken Guard Extreme.

Slightly more expensive than the premium and standard versions, we believe the extra money is well worth it for the durability and the extra powerful motor.

Along with these features, the Chicken Guard comes with a three year warranty, a programmable timer, batteries, mains power enabled, an adjustable light sensor and the capability to lift up to four kilograms.

The door comes with an extremely easy setup, so is a perfect buy for those that are not so savvy with DIY.

Also, there are numerous helpful instructional videos that can be found on the website.

In short, this is a long-lasting and powerful electric chicken coop door that will get the job done.

Are there units which can be fitted to my existing chicken house door?

Most automatic chicken coop door openers can be fitted to practically any existing door, including horizontally and vertically-sliding doors as well as side-hinged doors, but it’s well worth checking the brand out first.

What measurements should I take into account?

If you’re having a unit fit to an existing door, it depends on whereabouts you want the unit to be fitted – internally or externally on the coop, and on what type of door you have (sliding, side-hinged, etc).

To answer this question, it depends on which product you go for, but details should be given on any site you buy from.

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