Have a 12v 15mA motor (4rpm), 12v 5AH lead-acid battery, and 4.5v/50mA solar panel. Building chicken door. I've already built a chicken door with a $100 drapery motor, but this seems overpriced to me, when there are so many available salvage 12 v motors from old car doors. The drapery motor is simple to use because rather than limit switches it simply uses an adjustable mechanical plastic slotted disc to manually toggle a double pole switch to operate the motor. With a timer on the line set to on/off twice a day, it's an easy build. Products Products - Tired of going out in the rain and cold to lock the chicken coop? - Frustrated with losing your favorite hen when you forget to lock the coop? Good news, those days are over! Introducing the unchallenged BEST automatic chicken door on the market!
Chicken Coop Door open/close I keep forgetting to close the coop door so I automated the door with an Arduino, a linear actuator from Firgelli Automations, four solid state relays from Fotek (in hindsight this is super over designed), and a real time clock from Sparkfun (uses i2c). Below is the code. It takes into account the day of the year and adjusts sunrise and sunset. Chicken Coop Automatic Door Hi all, I'm looking into automating my chicken coop.I was going to use a basic timer and motor to open\close the door but this looks like a great opportunity to visit the Arduino platform To begin with I was hoping to start with the basic door opening\closing. What hardware should I get?I think I need: Light Sensitive Chicken Coop Door Hi, I recently started keeping my own chickens and have really enjoyed the whole experience. The chickens were all really friendly and provided hours of amusement. Until a few weeks ago I had 4 of our feather friends in a nice Coop. That was fine until one night, for the first time ever, we forgot to close the door to the coop. Unfortunatley the fantastic Mr Fox must have been casing the joint for some time and siezed his opportunity.
Automatic chicken door version two. As it is getting cold again and my chickens made it through the summer just fine, it is time to revisit and revitalize my automatic chicken door. The older model was a large door that slid on a track that would get leaves, snow, and ice messing the whole thing up. Also the mecanisim that opened the door was a string that tension was held on with springs, the string would knot up and stop working, blowing the fuse sometimes. There is an older version of this project and you can read about it here. Automated Chicken Coop Door Analysis: The assumption here is that the sunrise/set timetable is one sinus wave, the rest is scaling and translating a bit sunrise = int (350 + ( 90*cos( ((((month-1)*30.5)+dayOfMonth)+8) /58.1) )); The part: (month-1)*30.5 + dayOfMonth + 8 This is a formula for dayoftheyear with a small offset 8 days. If you fill in the days and months of the year, you will get approx. 23 march = 90; 23 june = 180; 23 sept = 270 and 23 dec = 360 (=0) .
Raising BackYard Chickens, Build a Chicken Coop, Pictures of Breeds Automatic pop hole opener This is not my own idea. We got the idea from a fellow BYCer. We now have two coops (imagine that) and our first automatic door opener was first installed in February of 09. It has been happily pulling open and pushing closed our fiberglass coop door since then without a problem. Automatic Chicken Coop Growing up on a farm, there were many unpleasant tasks. Summers were filled with backbreaking labor, not to mention the daily chores of milking 80 or so cows and collecting the eggs and feeding the chickens. I now live in the city of Portland, Ore., and I’ve come to miss those farm days of 20 years ago. When I decided to get a couple of chickens, I was adamant that the work involved wouldn’t seem like work.
Automatic Chicken Coop Mini Rover Redux This project is based on work by MAKE magazine contributor Tom Zimmerman. Tom, who was... Chicken Coop Automatic Door Call me crazy, but a chicken coop automatic door just might make your life easier. Early every morning, you (or someone in your family) will have the chore of going out to the coop and letting the birds out into their run or your yard. Of course, at the same time, you are probably taking out some fresh water and chicken feed to your birds, so an automatic door may not seem like much of a necessity. However, at night, you will want to make sure your flock is safely tucked inside their coop as soon as the sun begins to set. Many of their predators are nocturnal and attack under the cover of dark. If you are delayed at the office or enjoying a night out on the town with your family and friends, you may not like what you come home to find.
Automatic Chicken Coop Door : Nifty-Stuff.com Rest In Peace Grey Chicken I’ve been wanting to design an automatic chicken coop door closer for years. There are plenty of other systems out there that automatically open and close the coop door, but they are expensive and, well, not designed by me! Basically my idea is to create a simple system that is a “safety net” in case we don’t remember to lock our girls in at night. I have no problems letting the girls out in the morning, but I want to ensure they are closed up safe in the evening.