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Our new solar powered coop

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i just finished the door and solar wiring this morning and the girls are now in they're new coop. With a lil coaxing we got them to go inside and they stayed while the door shut a half out later. The wiring took me a couple hours and one good zap but I figured it out. Any questions on the wiring I'll post more close up pics . really easy.
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Thats such a good idea!!

On July, 28th 2016, I lost my Most Beloved Bird "Miss Red" She was a beautiful Rhode Island Red at 3 years old. She was the most perky, loving and tolerent bird i EVER had!!! Miss Red loved to go on walks and sit in laps. She even went to 2 parades and a 1st grade classroom. Please send loving notes here... http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1124787/give-thoughts-of-kindness
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On July, 28th 2016, I lost my Most Beloved Bird "Miss Red" She was a beautiful Rhode Island Red at 3 years old. She was the most perky, loving and tolerent bird i EVER had!!! Miss Red loved to go on walks and sit in laps. She even went to 2 parades and a 1st grade classroom. Please send loving notes here... http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1124787/give-thoughts-of-kindness
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Axlhoss,

 

I am just about ready to wire up my coop door as well.  It looks like you are using exactly the same set-up as I will be using.  A car antenna with a 12v timer (the same one as you) and a deep cycle battery.  I will eventually set it up will a solar charger as well.  Is there any chance you can provide the wiring diagram you used?  I am also trying to decide what size solar panel I will need to keep the battery charged.  What size are you using and does it seem to be keeping up with the use?

 

Thanks

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Odysseychicken,

Happy to help, I looked for hours on the web and had no luck getting a good grasp on the wiring. One guy with a 3 part chicken door series on you tube was the most helpful, but still he seemed to make it more difficult then it needed to be. a 5 watt panel should be fine. I set my timer to open at 7 AM and then close 30 minutes later , from what I get if the door is open all day the motor is using power, so I give them enough time to get out and then set it to close after that . Let me know how it goes....
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Thank you so much.  I think I saw the same video series as you as well.  He used a relay which I didn't think was necessary.  Your diagram is the simplicity I was looking for.  Mostly I just couldn't figure out the wiring on the timer.  Did you happen to measure the amperage on the antenna?  I think I would like to include an in line fuse just for piece of mind but don't know what size fuse to use.

 

I may go with a bigger panel.  My antenna will be extended when the door is closed which means it will be drawing power all night.  Although, I don't think it will draw much power except when its motor is actually running.

 

Thanks

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