Visiting ChickenGuard – Behind the Scenes
Mark and I had the wonderful opportunity to visit ChickenGuard in the United Kingdom from November 8-15, 2016. Their manufacturing facility and head office is located about an hour north east of London in a small village called Fulbourn, near Cambridge. It is the type of village where everybody knows everybody. We stayed in the White Hart Inn, where the English Breakfast was amazing, not to mention the pints in the pub in the evening!
The first day we were taken on a walking tour of Cambridge by Martin, ChickenGuard marketing director, and Gareth, head of technology and operations. Their hospitality was unmatched and we learned a bit of history too. Upon arriving at the ChickenGuard headquarters, we were greeted by owner Ben, who was busy on the assembly line working alongside his employees. He is a very charming fellow and extremely intelligent, of course being the inventor of the ChickenGuard automatic chicken coop door opener you would expect nothing less!
One of the most impressive aspects of ChickenGuard is their manufacturing process. Most everything is produced and assembled onsite by a diverse team of skilled technicians. From the 3-D printing of the string spools, to the manufacturing of the processing board, and water cutting of the opener frame. I even had the honor of soldering wire components on two openers (under the professional guidance of Ben). The employees appeared to genuinely enjoy their work and take extra care in the production of each ChickenGuard unit.
The time spent with the team at ChickenGuard was unforgettable! They even sent us home with thoughtful gifts of local jams, goodies, and a Cambridge jacket (nicely presented by Rachel, their amazing accounts and logistics manager). ChickenGuard is a well-run company, with a family-like work environment, in a small British village, manufacturing the #1 automatic chicken coop door opener on the market, touching the lives of over 35,000 users worldwide and growing. We are pleased to be one of their distributors “across the pond” here in the U.S.