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Wi-Fi Enabled Remote Control and Monitoring

Coop Tender® Internet Wi-Fi Enabled Automatic Chicken Coop Door is a fusion of advanced energy efficient micro-controller electronic technology, solid steel drive and time-honored precision wood craftsmanship.

  • Programmable Door Operation: Dusk-to-Dawn (a.k.a. Dawn-to-Dusk), Schedule and Manual.
  • Programmable Door Controller: Control and program with the keypad menu interface. Comes pre-programmed to automatically operate in Dusk-to-Dawn mode.
  • Programmable Freeze Protect: Door stays closed when outside temperatures are dangerously cold ensuring the comfort and safety of your flock.
  • Super Bright LED Status Lights: Check the status of your coop door from a distance at night.
  • 5/8" Solid Steel Acme All-Thread Screw Drive: True lockdown - Predators cannot open the door.
  • Energy Efficient Design: Operates on less than 50 milliAmps for solar power, or 1 Watt AC power.
  • Monitor, program and receive door status alerts with the optional Internet Wi-Fi Module.
  • Hand Crafted - Made in the U.S.A.
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Automatic Chicken Coop Door

CT-003A

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Suitable for standard, exotic and heritage backyard chicken breeds. For large chicken breeds such as Brahma, Jersey Giant, and Cochin, consider our Large Automatic Chicken Door.
  • Automatically opens your coop door at dawn and securely closes it at dusk, or schedule door open and close times.
  • Programmable coop door controller: Program custom options, adjust settings and manually override your door.
  • Energy Efficient: Consumes less than 4 watts when plugged into a standard electrical outlet.
  • Constructed with Solid Indoor / Outdoor rated lumber - no plywood.
  • Treated with Rain Guard non-toxic wood sealer.
  • Solar Power Capable: with the optional coop door solar module
  • Internet Wi-Fi Enabled: Connect the optional Internet Wi-Fi Module to remotely control, monitor, program and get coop door alerts from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection and browser. 
  • At-A-Glance Status LED Lights make it easy to check the status of your coop door from a distance in the dark.

What's Included:

  • Automatically Opens and Closes your Coop Door.
  • Three modes of operation: Dawn-to-Dusk (A.K.A. Dusk-to-Dawn), Schedule, or Manual.
  • Internet Enabled: Internet Wi-Fi module sold separately. 
  • Solar Coop Door Operation: Connect the optional coop door solar module to operate using energy from the sun.
  • Programmable Freeze Protect - door stays closed when it's dangerously cold outside, working to protect your poultry investment.
  • Programmable dawn and dusk delays - delay opening and closing for any amount of time (1 minute to 10 hours).
  • Microcontroller digital control eliminates frozen mechanical components in winter.
  • Solid Steel Acme threaded screw drive: True door lockdown. Predators are not able to open it when it is closed.
  • Simple installation.  Slide door into cutout in coop, secure with 4 mounting screws (included).
  • Manual Control:  Open and close the door manually using the keypad menu. With the optional Wi-Fi module, use the Universal Web App remote control.
  • Solid indoor/outdoor rated lumber construction - Treated with Rain Guard non-toxic wood sealer.
  • 100% predator proof!  Have peace of mind knowing that your hens are safe at night. Door cannot be opened by raccoons, cougars, bobcats, mink, coyotes, opossums, skunks or any other nighttime predator.
  • Fully assembled

Input Voltage

85 - 264 Volts AC (Electric Operation)

12 - 19 Volts DC (Solar Operation)

AC Power consumption

1 Watt

DC Power Consumption (idle)

40mA @ 12VDC

DC Power Consumption (power save mode)

20mA @ 12VDC

DC Power Consumption (chicken door opening or closing)

150mA-300mA @ 12VDC

Max Charging Power

600mA

Coop Cutout Dimensions

Standard (CT-003) 13.5" W x 26.5" H
Large (CT-004) 15" W x 30.5" H
X-tra Large (CT-005) 17.5" W x 34" H
Small Coop (CT-006) 11" W x 20" H

Coop Door opening dimensions

Standard (CT-003) 10" W x 10" H
Large (CT-004) 12" W x 12" H
X-tra Large (CT-005) 15" W x 15" H
Small Coop (CT-006) 8" W x 8" H

Material

  • Solid Indoor/Outdoor rated lumber treated with non-toxic wood sealer.
  • Brushed aluminum metal faceplate
  • 5/8 inch Solid steel Acme threaded screw drive

Drive mechanism

Solid steel worm / screw drive

DC motor

12 Volts

Door opening time

~1 minute

Door closing time

~1 minute 

Operating temperature

-20 to +185 ℉

Key Automatic Chicken Coop Door Features

  • Automatically Opens and Closes your Coop Door
  • AC Electric or Solar Powered (with optional solar module)
  • Programmable Door Operation: Dusk-to-Dawn, Scheduleor Manual. Pre-programmed to automatically operate in Dusk-to-Dawn mode.
  • Internet Enabled (Internet WiFi Radio Module sold separately): Coop Tender® Universal Web App™ gives you the freedom to monitor and control your door from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection and browser.
  • Programmable Digital Freeze Protect - door stays closed while it's dangerously cold outside the coop, ensuring the safety and comfort of your chickens.
  • Programmable Dusk and Dawn Door Delay - delay door opening and closing to accommodate special poultry behavior situations.  
  • Energy Efficient Digital Micro-Controller Technology eliminates frozen mechanical components in winter.
  • Solid Steel Acme Threaded Screw door operationTrue door lockdown. Predators are not able to open it when it is closed.
  • Simple installation.  Slide door into cutout in coop, secure with 4 mounting screws (included).
  • Solid indoor/outdoor rated lumber construction - Treated with a non-toxic, environmentally friendly wood treatment.
  • Fully assembled. Nothing to put together. Complete Automatic Chicken Door solution.
  • Full 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty. Coop Tender® products are backed by a 1 year manufacturer's warranty on all parts including electronics.

Physical Characteristics

On the outside: Coop Tender® Automatic Chicken Doors are solid and durable to last many years

  • Solid indoor/outdoor rated lumber makes this coop door extremely durable.
  • Quality, precision wood craftsmanship: functional and aesthetically pleasing.
  • Treated with Rain Guard non-toxic water sealer.
  • May be finished to your liking by applying a non-toxic, water based exterior grade paint or stain.

On the inside: Coop Tender® is a combination of advanced computer micro-controller technology and simple physics.

  • Quality micro-controller firmware ensures dependable, no-worry operation day after day.
  • Micro-controller electronic technology minimizes power usage and long-term operating cost and dependability.
  • High torque gear motor provides plenty of power to reliably and automatically open and close your coop door each day.
  • 5/8 inch solid steel Acme thread screw drive - predators can't open the door when it is closed, no matter how hard they try..

A mounting panel extends 2 inches beyond each side of the coop door unit.  This extension allows for easy mounting with screws to your existing coop doorway or cutout.

Real-time Door Status - Programming:


Status Display Mode:

The Real-time Coop Door Status Display cycles through key information and displays it in an easy to read format:

  • Date and Time: Used for Scheduled door operation.
  • Coop Temperature: Monitors coop temperature and Freeze Protect.
  • Operating Voltage: Monitor solar and battery power.
  • Ambient Daylight Value: Used for Dusk to Dawn automatic door operation.
  • Door Control Settings: Dusk to Dawn, Schedule or Manual.
  • Freeze Protect Settings: Enable / disable and temperature setting.
  • Door Status: Opened, Closed or Unknown

Programmable Digital Freeze Protect:  Door stays closed on those winter days when it is dangerously cold out.  Freeze Protect may be configured to keep the door closed based on any temperature and may be disabled if desired.  

Pre-programmed to keep door closed if temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit (-7 degrees Celsius).

Programmable Dawn / Dusk delays: allow fine tuning automatic door operation in Dusk to Dawn mode.Comes pre-programmed with a 10 minute Dusk Delay to give your chickens a little more time to get into the coop to roost before closing.  If you have a chicken which stays out a little later, you can increase the delay to accommodate her.  

If you know that you have a nighttime predator, or a dog which is out soon after dawn, you can program a Dawn Delay to delay door opening in the morning for any number of minutes to help keep your chickens safe.

Programmable Door Operation: Choose from 3 modes of operation:

  • Dusk-to-Dawn (a.k.a. Dawn-to-Dusk) 
  • Schedule
  • Manual

Door comes pre-programmed to operate in Dusk to Dawn door operation.  The digital micro-controller reads Daylight Value from a light sensor located above the keypad and uses the information along with the programmed settings to determine when to open and close the coop door.

A real time digital clock (RTC) keeps time for Scheduled Operation. A CR2032 battery is installed to maintain the date and time when power is not available, ensuring that your door still operates based on the correct time when power is restored.


Choose from Three Sizes

Standard

CT-003

Large

CT-004

Extra Large

CT-005

Small Chicken Breeds: Bantams

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All Standard Chicken Breeds

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Large Chickens: Brahma, Jersey Giants, Cochin, etc.

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Ducks

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Turkeys (up to 20 lbs)

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Geese

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Large Turkeys, Peacocks, and other large birds.

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Internet Wi-Fi Enabled Coop Door

Connecting the optional Coop Tender® Internet WiFi Radio Module takes automated coop management to the next level.

  • Monitor and Control your door from anywhere in the world with a web browser and Internet connection
  • Program Door Control settings - great for changing open and close times if you are using a time based schedule
  • View key door metric charts
        Ambient Light
        Door Status
        Temperature
        Battery Charge
  • Real time coop door status
        Door Status
        Coop Temperature
        Door Control Mode
  • SMS and email alerts
        Door status changes (Opening, open, closing and closed)
        Battery voltage warnings
  • Coop Tender®Universal Web App™: Monitor, program and control your door from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection and browser. Our Universal Web App™ provides the same interface and experience regardless of your device platform (iPhone, iPad, Android device, smartphone, tablet, notebook, PC, MAC, etc.).  All you need is an Internet connection and browser to securely access, monitor and control your door.
  • Check Door Status, Temperature and Door Operation Mode - Remotely Control your doors with the press of a button.
  • Coop Door Metrics Charts: Door Status, Daylight Value, Temperature and system Voltage give you key insights into environmental and system operating parameters.
  • Control your door and send programming updates with user friendly screens (consistent across all devices):

Cloud Service Subscription is required for each Internet Wi-Fi Module which operates on the Coop Tender® IoT (Internet of Things) network infrastructure.

First year is free with the purchase of an Internet Wi-Fi Module and any automatic chicken door bundle which includes an Internet Wi-Fi Module. After the first year, cost is $20 / year.

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Energy Efficient Solar Coop Door

Our automatic coop door controller is designed to be highly energy efficient, permitting operation by using solar power from the sun.

At its core, Coop Tender Auto Coop Door runs on 12 Volts DC.  Our door controllers come standard capable of running from standard household AC electricity, or from a 12 Volt DC power source.

An AC to DC power converter is built into our coop door controllers which converts your AC electricity to DC voltage.  The AC power consumption is highly efficient at 1 Watt. DC power consumption is less than 50 milliAmps at 12 volts DC.

Battery Backup: Install a 12 Volt 5 Amp-hour SLA DC Battery in the door controller - should electric power fail, the battery will run your door for about 5 days, until your electricity is restored.

A battery charger / maintainer is built into our coop door controllers. When AC power is restored, the backup battery is recharged. 

Solar Operation: Connecting a solar panel allows for Coop Door operation without AC electricity. A 15 Watt solar panel combined with the backup battery above will run your door without AC electricity.  The solar panel will provide power even in low-light situations until full sunlight is available.  Three to four hours of sunlight per day is sufficient to charge and maintain the battery during solar door operation.

Energy Efficient

Harness the Sun

Ideal for mobile - tractor coops and coops without electrical power.

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Comprehensive Flock Protection

Coop Tender® Coop Management System Bundles provide the ultimate in comfort and safety for your poultry livestock.  

Coop Tender® Automatic Coop Door System Bundles include three modules:

Each module may be added to your coop system at any time.  Start with the Coop Door Internet Wi-Fi Module which operates the Accessory Controller and Predator Motion detector.

All system components may be monitored and controlled from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection and browser by using the Coop Tender Universal Web App.

Advanced Technology

Coop Management Systems

Ultimate safety and comfort for your poultry investment.

Protect your investment:

Whether you are raising poultry for eggs or meat, there are costs involved.  On average, it costs up to $25 per month to raise one chicken. Annualized, this becomes up to $300 to raise and feed one chicken for one year.  If you feed your poultry organically, then your costs could be even higher.

If a nighttime predator should happen to get to your flock while they are roosting, losing a single chicken has a negative financial impact.

Forgetting or neglecting to close the coop door just one night will provide an open invitation to the night-time predators around your coop.

Coop Tender® automatic chicken door easily pays for itself by keeping all of your poultry safely locked in the coop each night.

Coop Tender® always remembers to open and close your coop door - keeping your poultry investment safe and secure.

Safe, Happy Hens - without the hassle:

Imagine collecting free-range chicken eggs or raising free-range poultry for meat without the need to open and close the coop door every day.

Coop Tender® automatic coop doors can be installed in almost any chicken coop.

Simple installation:  1) Cut rectangular cutout. 2) Slide door into cutout and secure with 4 screws.

Anyone who raises free-range chickens knows the challenges of predators, especially at night when your hens are roosting.

  • Have you ever forgotten to close the coop door at night
  • Have you ever wanted to sleep just a little bit longer before heading out to open the coop door, especially on those rainy or cold winter mornings
  • Wouldn't it be nice to visit with neighbors, friends and family a little longer, knowing your hens are safe with the coop door closed?
  • Stuck in traffic on your way home and it's getting dark?  Coop Tender® will close your coop for you.

Most importantly, Coop Tender® is Predator Proof.  Have peace of mind knowing that your hens are safe at night. The automatic chicken door mechanism cannot be opened by raccoons, cougars, bobcats, mink, coyotes, opossums, skunks or any other nighttime predator. Bears can't even open the coop door!

Predators are the #1 cause of free-range chicken mortality. A recent study by the University of Minnesota shows that nearly 80% of all cause-specific losses of chickens are directly related to predators 1. That’s more than diseases, external parasites and mismanagement. Anyone who has lost chickens to predators can tell you how emotional it is, especially if you hatched and raised the chicks yourself.  You certainly develop a bond with them.

Coop Tender uses a 5/8 inch solid steel Acme threaded screw drive mechanism which is attached directly to the door similar to a screw driven garage door.  When the door is closed, nothing can open it.

Imagine safe, happy hens with no need to open and close the chicken door each day!  Your hens will be happy and will love you even more...  They will be out at dawn when the choicest insects, bugs and worms are out.  Your chickens would love to be the “early bird”. At the end of the day, after returning to the coop to roost, your hens will feel safe because Coop Tender is keeping the predators out.

You'll have more time to do the things that you want:

  • Spend more quality time with friends, family and neighbors
  • Continue working on that special project
  • Take a vacation

...all with peace of mind that your chickens are safely closed in the coop at night.

Automatic Coop Door Specs:

Input Voltage

85 - 264 Volts AC (Electric Operation)

12 - 19 Volts DC (Solar Operation)

AC Power consumption

1 Watt

DC Power Consumption (idle)

40mA @ 12VDC

DC Power Consumption (power save mode)

20mA @ 12VDC

DC Power Consumption (chicken door opening or closing)

150mA-300mA @ 12VDC

Max Charging Power

600mA

Coop Cutout Dimensions

Standard: CT-003 13.5" W x 26.5" H
Large: CT-004 15" W x 30.5" H
X-tra Large: CT-005 17.5" W x 34.25" H
Small Coop: CT-006 11" W x 20" H

Coop Door opening dimensions

Standard: CT-003 10" W x 10" H
Large: CT-004 12" W x 12" H
X-tra Large: CT-005 15" W x 15" H
Small Coop: CT-006 8" W x 8" H

Material

  • Solid indoor/outdoor rated lumber - treated with RainGuard non-toxic wood sealer
  • Brushed aluminum metal faceplate
  • 5/8 inch Solid steel Acme threaded screw drive

Drive mechanism

Solid steel worm / screw drive

DC motor

12 Volts

Door opening time

~1 minute

Door closing time

~1 minute 

Operating temperature

-20 to +185 ℉

Automatic Coop Door FAQs

From a technical perspective:

  • Coop Tender automatic chicken door features Dawn-to-Dusk (a.k.a. Dusk-to-Dawn), Time Schedule or manual based operation giving you complete flexibility.
  • Dawn and Dusk delays may be set and the Daylight Value which triggers the door to open and close may be adjusted using the keypad menu.* 
  • Time Schedule operation open and close times may also be adjusted using the keypad menu.*
  • Your coop door automatically opens and closes based on the chosen settings.

*The Internet Wi-Fi Module Universal Web App may also be used to program door control settings.

From a physical perspective:

  • The door controller constantly checks to determine if the door should be open or closed based on the programmed settings and sensor input (limit switches, daylight sensor, clock, etc.).
  • When it is time to open or close the door, the controller sends voltage to the motor. Voltage polarity is controlled based on which way the motor needs to turn to open or close the door.
  • A solid steel Acme (all-thread) worm drive is attached directly to the motor shaft. the other end runs through the associated worm drive hex nut, which is machine pressed into the sliding door mechanism.
  • When the motor turns, the nut will work its way up or down the worm drive shaft to open or close the door.
  • Magnetic limit switch sensors send a signal to the door controller when the door is opened or closed. The controller will stop turning the motor and update the current door status.

The keypad menu and the Wi-Fi Module Universal Web App may be used to manually open and close your coop door.

Note that doing so will place your door into temporary Manual Mode until you reset the door or an automated method is reactivated using the keypad menu.

Coop Tender automatic chicken door uses a solid steel worm drive, also known as a screw drive, mechanism which is attached directly to the door. When the door is closed, nothing can open it. It's similar in concept to a worm / screw driven garage door. The door construction, which includes the door frame, cannot be penetrated by predators.

With proper preparation, you can ensure that your chickens are not locked out of the coop at night.

Proper preparation includes ensuring that your chickens are trained to roost in the coop at night. They will then go into the coop each night before dark.

Our coop door controllers are pre-programmed to operate in Dusk to Dawn mode with settings which accommodate most chickens. You can delay door closure for any chickens who might stay out later than others.

Note: Door controllers are preprogrammed to operate in Dusk to Dawn mode with a 10 minute Dusk Delay. Your chickens (poultry) should be in the coop 15 to 30 minutes before the door closes if they have been trained to roost in the coop.

Programmed settings may be adjusted if your flock happens to roost after the door would normally close. However, the door closes during late dusk and any poultry not roosting in the coop when the door closes is at high risk for nighttime predation.

If you ensure that your chickens are trained to roost in the coop, our automatic coop doors will not harm them.

Our automatic coop doors close in about 1 minute. This gives your chickens plenty of time to make it through the door, into the coop, without harm.

If a chicken happens to be in the doorway while it is closing, most will instinctively get out of the way when the feel the door coming down on them.

Ensuring that your chickens are trained to roost in the coop is the most important factor.

Our products are backed by a one year manufacturer's warranty, even on the electronic components.

Coop Tender automatic chicken coop doors are designed and manufactured to withstand outdoor weather.

The electronics are protected within the controller enclosure at the top of the door. Any exposed wooden parts are treated with RainGuard non-toxic wood sealer.

We recommend that the back of the unit ,where the AC power inlet is located, not be exposed to rain. It is normally inside of the coop when installed.

If you install the door facing south in a hot, sunny climate, we recommend that you provide shade for the door controller (metal faceplate). High temperatures and direct afternoon sunlight in these situations can cause premature failure of the keypad and LCD screen (both are relatively simple to replace if necessary).

The Internet Wi-Fi Module will automatically attempt to reconnect until the wireless network becomes available again.

In the meantime, the coop door controller will continue operating based on the programmed settings.

Training Your Chickens to Roost In the Coop

It’s simple to train your chickens to return to the coop to roost. Chickens which have established the coop as their home will return to it naturally each evening.

  1. Prepare your chicken coop
    1. Ensure there is a enough food and clean water inside the coop.
    2. If your chickens are producing eggs, ensure there are enough nesting boxes for each hen. One nesting box for every 4 hens is generally recommended.
  2. Monitor your coop temperature. The coop temperature should not exceed 70 degrees Fahrenheit during training.
    1. Open windows or install fans to help reduce the temperature and encourage air flow
    2. Locate your coop to a shadier area if high temperatures continue to be an issue
  3. Keep your chickens confined to the coop for 1 week. After 1 week, your chickens will consider the coop their home.
  4. Let your chickens out of the coop to free range during the day after 1 week.

If you have chickens which are not in the coop roosting when the door closes, those chickens are putting the rest of your flock at risk. Be sure they are trained to roost in the coop, for the safety of your entire flock.