Location of Control Box
The entire system is designed to be weather-resistant and survive the harsh outdoor environment but it doesn’t hurt to mount the system inside or outside of the coop under the roof. The wires on the arm are approximately 3 feet long so the control box must be mounted close enough to acount for this.
Training Your Birds
Installing an automatic coop opener kit onto your coop will require you to train your flock because their behavior is likely to change. For instance
- Adding a door opener kit to an existing community of birds already living in the coop is different than adding new birds to a coop that is already automated. You may need to train the birds and increase the closing delays.
- Some birds may behave differently when you automate the door than they did previously or will in the future. You may have one or more birds that like to wait as long as possible to enter and then they get caught out all night.
We recommend that you monitor and verify that all of your birds are in the coop when it is dark because the door may close and strand them outside.
The built-in photo sensor is located on the bottom of the control box. This sensor is used to trigger the “change of state” for the coop from open-to-close or close-to-open based on the available light. Our patent-pending intelligent system will always attempt to keep the coop secured when it is dark.
If you have any lights in or near your coop such as heating lamps, overhead lights, or security lights, you may need to account for these in mounting your system control box when in semi-automatic sensor mode.