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Chuxaway automatic door

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Has anyone tried the Chuxaway battery powered automatic door with programmable timer? It seems to be a lot cheaper at c £90 than the German-made VSB battery operated door for £160 with a 4-year guarantee.
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Chickenfan-can only say that the VSB opener (without timer) is a good product, have had mine for 4 years which included 1 year with it sitting unused on my father in laws allotment and it started back up without a problem. Given you have a light sensor on the VSB I would question the extra value of a timer on the Chuxaway which brings them much closer together in price at circa £95 for the VSB without timer. That's not to say of course that the Chuxaway isn't a perfectly good product.
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Before I had a run that was big enough for them to stay in all the time I had a door on a timer set up to let them out in the morning earlier than I was prepared to get out of bed! It didn't close, just opened. I've always wondered about automatic closing as I would still want to check that they're all in and so might as well close it myself. If it was a fox issue (I.e. Keeping them secure after dark) then there's the whole issue of when is too early to open or too early to close or locking one out because I've heard that dusk and early morning is a dangerous time re foxes but they won't go to roost of their own accord till dusk is well underway.
It's almost like you could do with a timer in the morning (say an hour past sunrise) and a light sensor at night (but not till the last glimmer.)
I don't know if the sensitivity is adjustable on these doors but without the light control the you might be adjusting the timer every week to keep to the seasons.
A light sensor with adjustable sensitivity at both events would be ideal. Or give them all a house key and a sign saying 'last one in locks up'!

...but I suppose if one gets locked out then that will be because they are roosting somewhere else and wouldn't move after dark anyway but at least they are the only one running the risk. So after much pontificating I agree that light controlled is probably all you need. Phew!
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Thank you Rick and Dinosaw. I shall probably worry a lot with having the birds away from home and not having my dog to warn me of foxes.
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I had a Hensafe which had both light sensor and timer. If you use the combined method then for closing for example you set the light level and then set a slightly earlier time. Both parameters have to be met before it opens/closes eg if you've set it to close at 7 pm but it's bright and sunny, it won't close until it's dark enough. It's very easy to set so you can reset the light level and/or time every couple of weeks. I sold it when I had to give up my hens and they transferred the balance of the guarantee to the new owner. Just Googled it - has a 2 year guarantee and is £138.98 delivered in the UK. They also sell a remote light sensor if you need to mount it inside the coop. Also the firm is in Cricklade, Wilts.

Can't remember if I'm allowed to post links but here it is - no doubt the mods will remove it if necessary.

http://www.hensafe.net/how-it-works.html

Whatever you get you need to keep a check on the batteries although the Hensafe has a "low battery" warning .
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Re: Chuxaway automatic door

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Thank you very much for this link Margaid. I've bought something that looks just like this. Just waiting for the weather to pick up a bit before moving my birds.
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Same product is much cheaper on Amazon. I got the Hensafe one in the end and finding it brilliant.
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I've realised the Hensafe door is not at all secure. It just drops down and any fox could open it.
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I've been deliberating on which automatic door opener to buy so this was an interesting read. Now it's made me realise that it probably isn't much use me getting one with a light sensor on it because the chicken coop and run is in the middle of the field and we have lights all around the field for when the dogs go out last thing. There is also a sensor light on the stables so that could interfere too. I think I'll get a straightforward timer device.
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Hi Redbarn, I think you at least need a really heavy drop down door (hensafe moves up to 5kg door) to make it worth the expense of an automatic door which a fox can easily lift up.
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