McMurray's Coop Controller
Our sliding door (12" x 12") is roost proof, a swinging door invites chickens to roost on the door.
New Controller Design! An integrated light in the controller makes installation simpler and quicker! The light insures that the chickens have 16 hours of light per day for increased egg production.
Along with the new design is a different plug-in for the sensor. If ordering a new control box or new sensor please communicate your sensor plug-in type.
- Shuts door at sunset. Protects against predators and weather.
- Opens door at sunrise if the temperature is above 20 degrees F
- Supplemental light built into the controller
- Complete door controller kit. Includes door, door frame and installation instructions. Plus watch our installation video.
- Choose the length of cable you need to go from the inside mounting point to the outside sensor. Coop Door Controller comes with two lengths - a 6 foot length which is adequate for most installations, and a 12 foot length for installations where the sunlight sensor will be further away from the coop door.
Check out our videos below. The first is an introduction and the second shows an installation.
The installation video is slightly dated. It gives the general steps involved in the coop controller installation. Please refer to the downloaded manual for the current instructions.
The box is 7 1/4" W x 4 3/4"H x 2 1/2"Deep
Rails are about 32" long.
This is our first winter with the coop controller. The temperature feature has worked great until now, keeping the door closed until the day warms up to 20. The last three days, though, the door has opened at a colder temperature each day (although still will after sunrise). Today it opened at 11 degrees. How can I correct this? All components are in the shade so that is not the issue.
Our temperature probe is not that accurate I am sure it could vary by 10 degrees. Chickens are smart enough not to go out if it is too cold. Let us know if we can be of any further assistance
Can the out door temperature of 20 degrees on the door controller be adjusted up or down?
No, but you can bypass the cold weather sensor. If you want the door to open when temp is less than 20, that can be adjusted.
The coop Controller 5mcc, can this be operated on a timer rather than the light sensor?
Can it be mounted on the outside, otherwise, how do you keep bedding and droppings from piling up below the door and preventing it from closing?
The controller will not function properly without the light sensor. It will default to night mode and keep the door closed. The unit should be mounted on the inside of your coop for protection from outdoor elements. The door will be hanging about 3 1/2 inches from the floor. If bedding starts piling up under the door, just sweep it away.
Reference#5cdbl battery cable, what battery voltage do we need to run the coop controller in case of power failure?
You can use a 12 V car battery to power your coop controller.
Is catalog number 5MCC the whole kit?
Yes. It includes the door, door rails, light panel, controller, sensor, and installation instructions.
Can you list the especific items necesary to install the automatic door for the chicken coop?
The photo shows everything that comes with the complete unit. If you click on the instructions, it will list each part that is included.
Does your chicken door have a warranty?
If it is below 20 degrees at sunrise, will the door open later in the day when it warms up?
We have a 1 year warranty on the coop controller. The door will open when the temp rises above 20 degrees.
After one year of working fine, the controller has stopped. The green led in the box is very faint or off completely. I can spray cold air on the board and the led will get bright and the door works, but it only lasts for an hour to two. Can the board be replaced without buying the entire controller?
Try checking your power supply by plugging it into your LED light panel. If the green light is faint, your unit may not be getting enough power.
What size should the rough opening be for installation of the door? How much clearance is needed above and on the sides of the door? Thanks.
The opening in your wall should be approximately 11" x 11" and 4 inches above the floor. If you download the instructions there are photos to show all the dimensions for installation.
We would like to power this with solar panels. Is that an option with this door controller? We have a 12v fence charger powered by a 2 cycle battery which is charged by 2 panels that are about 25 watts each. Shelle Cropper
We do not currently have a solar option but we offer a battery lead to connect it to a 12v car battery instead of plugging into an outlet. We have had customers successfully run their unit with a battery charged by solar power.
Is the door secure when closed? We have predators like racoons and skunks. The racoons can figure out how to open anything.
The door is not secured when shut because it slides up and down between 2 metal rails. But we have not had any reports of preditors being able to get in the coop.
I am an electrical contractor and I have a customer who would like to power this coop controller with solar power. For sizing purposes, I need to know what the power consumption is. If unknown, can you tell me what the output of the plug-in transformer is? 500ma?, 1000ma?
The power supply we send with our controllers is 12V-1000mA.
I recently installed my auto coop door, the door will not open in the mornings and the light doesn't come on at dark. The door will close on its own, but won't open in the morning. I have to manually flip the switch to open to let everyone out, then I switch it to auto. I also set it to the more sensitive setting, to see if that would help, it didn't. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you for your help. -Amy Strawn
Make sure the sensor is plugged in correctly on the circuit board. It will cover 4 small pins, if one of them is not covered it will not function properly.
We got the automatic door opener the first part of June. It has worked fine until this morning and it did not open. We are both having surgery Monday and we are counting on the door. Can you trouble shoot for us. I have unplugged everything and plug it back in. Still does nothing, lights are on in controller.
Check your controller to be sure the yellow cord is routed properly. There is a photo on page 7 of the instructions. Also be sure the connectors are covering all the correct pins. If any of the pins are not covered the door will not function.
can you set a time such as noon or so to have door open and how dark must it be to close or can you set a time such as 9 pm thanks mike
There is no way to automatically set a time to open and close with our door. It uses a light sensor that will open in the morning with daylight and close shortly after sunset.
Can't say enough about this!We have had no trouble with the coop controller, automatic door! We are in Nebraska, so no cloud problem like in Pacific Northwest. It opens at first light and closes at dusk. BEST IS IF ELECTRICITY IS OFF, IT STILL WORKS WITHOUT RESETTING A TIMER because it has a light sensor!!! We have had one about 2 years and are going to buy our second one for our chicks new house. Go McMurray's for excellence! Deb in Nebraska
Not for the PNW!This product seemed so perfect, but I cannot get it to work well for me. After installing correctly and switching the light sensor to allow the door to close as late as possible, it still locks chickens out of the coop every night. I am in the Pacific northwest, so rainy/overcast days are the rule, not the exception, so the sensor must think the sun has gone down earlier than it really is. Also, egg production dropped when I was just using the light on the controller instead of my overhead light, so now I am using both and they are laying well again. I bought this to make life easier for my chicken-sitter when I go out of town, and also so that I can go out in the evening without worrying about the chickens. It does reduce the work for my chicken sitter, because she won't have to come over in the morning to let the chickens out. However, I am still having to go out twice each evening: once to collect eggs and get the chickens in the coop that didn't make it in before the door closed, and a second time to go turn off the interior light.
I have decided to keep it, even though I feel like it is incredibly overpriced for how poorly it works in my region. If the light was brighter and the chickens made it in safely before the door closed I would give it 5 stars. The idea is right, but it needs a couple of tweaks to work properly in the PNW.
McMurray's Coop Controller