Calibrating a Chicken Guard Door opener to work with a self locking door.

Setting up the chickenguard asti premium door opener with a self locking door.

Here’s a short video to show how easy it is to calibrate the opening and closing points for a chicken guard door opener.  In this video we use an ASTi Premium door opener and a hen size self locking door but the process is the same for all the Chicken Guard Door Openers and all doors whether self locking or not.

The whole calibration process takes under 2 minutes.

Once you have the basic door calibration you can just leave the unit as it is or you can further refine the process with time control as an option as well as adjustments for the light level for opening or closing.  If you need you can even leave the open or close process to be started with the the push buttons.

Self locking hen door for use with automatic door opner




Automatic Chicken Door Comparison

Which is the best automatic chicken door opener?

It’s not quite as simple as “which door opener is the best?” but which is the most suitable for you.  Below we have compiled a quick comparison of the main models available.

Considerations when selecting an automatic chicken door opener

Do you want a single operation mode?  Automatic chicken door openers that operate in only one mode have limitations although they are also cheaper. The limitation of a single mode automatic door opener is that it will need adjusting according to the seasons so the door shuts at the optimum time – you don’t want it to open too early or late as this will put your hens at risk from predators.  The ideal method would be to open according to time so you can open the door once it’s light and there is human activity and then close according to light level as the hens will normally go to bed at the same light level every day. Some models have both functions as standard, others have it as an optional extra.

Do you want manual controls?  It sounds a good idea initially but if you have some that have stayed out a little late you can just lift the door up.  This is quicker and easier than the motor will open the.  The only excepting is for occasions when you want to put them in earlier.

Do you want a remote light sensor?  If you want to operate the automatic door opener according to light levels but want to mount the control box inside you’ll need one that allows you to use a remote sensor.


Model Timer Light Sensor Weatherproof lifting capacity manual controls low battery warning Price remote light sensor remote control
Chicken Guard Standard yes no yes 1KG yes no £97.20 N/a no
Chicken Guard ASTI yes yes yes 2KG yes yes £111.60 no no
Chicken Guard Extreme yes yes yes 4KG yes yes £132.84 no no
VSBb optional extra yes yes 3KG no no £119.95 optional extra no
TItan automatic door opener yes no yes 1KG no no £96.96 N/a no
Chuxaway yes no motor yes, control box no. 0.75kg yes no £69.95 N/a no
Titan with timer/light sensor yes yes yes 1KG no no £108.28 no no
dawntilduskdoors no yes yes no data no no £67.99 no no
hen safe yes yes yes 5 kg yes yes £129.99 optional extra no
JT-KS optional extra yes yes 3KG optional extra no £99.99 optional extra optional extra

Fitting an automatic door opener to an Omlet Cube

Automatic door opener for Omlet Cube

Horizontal sliding doors have always been a problem when trying to fit an automatic door opener.  There once was a door opener called “the Pullit automatic door opener” specifically designed for these door but, unfortunately, it’s no longer in production.

The solution is to fit a vertical sliding door that replaces or covers the existing door.  If you have a wooden coop the modification are fairly easy but the omlet cube coops are a particular problem – although very popular they all have horizontal doors.

To mount one on an Omlet cube you need to mount a door and an automatic door opener on a wooden frame that can be attached over the existing door.

Here is a video of how someone has modified their cube:

The only thing we’d really do differently would be to mount the actual automatic door lower down to make the installation a bit more compact.  There are a couple of ways to do this which we have detailed in a previous blog on fitting an automatic door opener where height is limited.  This would be our preferred method as it keeps the motor within the height of the door so there isn’t bits sticking out the top. as long as the door slides easily, which it should do with a metal sliding door, the door will lift from the bottom without any problem.

Fitting an automatic door opener to a chicken coop where height is limited.

This installation uses a Chicken Guard Automatic Door Opener

The ChickenGuard automatic door opener