How does it work?
A solar panel charges the batteries and doubles as a light sensor. It detects the amount of light and will close the door when it gets dark and open it when it gets light.
Will the door open or shut due because of lighting, full moon, passing lights, cloudy days etc.?
No, none of those situations would enable the door to open or close. The amount of light during a full moon is vastly less than daytime, likewise the opposite is true for cloudy days and night time.
Will it crush my chickens?
No, there is a safety stop built in so the door will automatically stop if something is in the way. When it is stopped it cannot be lifted any further.
How much Sun is needed to charge the batteries?
Only a few hours of direct sunlight are needed. The batteries will still charge in light shade. A 15 foot cable is attached to the solar panel so you have some flexibility in where you can mount it.
Is there anything else needed to buy?
No we keep it simple with offering all the features on one product. The manual override switch comes with a 6 foot cable. It uses a standard telephone cable so if you want a longer one you can just buy one locally and attach it to your switch - even 100 feet!
How much is shipping?
FREE USPS Priority shipping in the contiguous United States which is 2 to 3 days for most locations.
Will it work on the inside of the coop?
Yes! It will work as well on the inside as the outside. This is because the solar panel has a 15 foot cable and it is used not only to charge the batteries, but it is also the light sensor..