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DIY automatic chicken door ?

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Has anybody made a DIY automatic chicken door? I would love to buy one but they are just so darn expensive! With all the handy and creative peeps on this forum, I thought maybe someone had built one themselves.

I dream of a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned.

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Happily married for 8 years. Proud mama to an assortment of critters (and the list just keeps growing!) : 1 kitty, 2 pups, 1 turtle and 6 spoiled chickens. Someday (hopefully sooner rather...

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I dream of a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned.

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Happily married for 8 years. Proud mama to an assortment of critters (and the list just keeps growing!) : 1 kitty, 2 pups, 1 turtle and 6 spoiled chickens. Someday (hopefully sooner rather...

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post #2 of 10
I made one, all u have to do is pull the string and it automatically opens lol.png

But seriously I'd be interested too
post #3 of 10

Read about an old farmer that used a wind up alarm clock and a string.  Set the alarm each night for a certain time each morning and when the alarm went off the key would turn and wind the string up, thus opening the pop door. 

 

I love that kind of ingenuity!  

post #4 of 10
Oh my goodness, that's brilliant!!!

1 chihuahua, Gizmo;  1 DD who's  19 and 1 fabulous DH.  1 Welsumer, 1 Sicilian Buttercup, 1 White Leghorn, 1 Partridge Penedesenca, 1 Rhode Island Red, 3 Easter Egger, 1 Ancona, 1 Giant Barred Cochin, and 1 Golden Sexlink,  all pullets as far as I know.

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1 chihuahua, Gizmo;  1 DD who's  19 and 1 fabulous DH.  1 Welsumer, 1 Sicilian Buttercup, 1 White Leghorn, 1 Partridge Penedesenca, 1 Rhode Island Red, 3 Easter Egger, 1 Ancona, 1 Giant Barred Cochin, and 1 Golden Sexlink,  all pullets as far as I know.

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post #5 of 10
I am trying to construct one right now using the motor, gearbox, and circuit board from a paper shredder. It can lift about 30 lbs! I need to figure out how to wire it to switch from forward to reverse at each close/open. Any advice would be much appreciated!
post #6 of 10

You might consider checking Instructables.com.  I am sure that someone there has built one, probably from a paper clip or some other incredible source.  Seriously, there is at least one using an arduino for controlling the motor.

 

Chris

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Thread Starter 

Great idea - I love instructables.com

I dream of a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned.

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Happily married for 8 years. Proud mama to an assortment of critters (and the list just keeps growing!) : 1 kitty, 2 pups, 1 turtle and 6 spoiled chickens. Someday (hopefully sooner rather...

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I dream of a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned.

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Happily married for 8 years. Proud mama to an assortment of critters (and the list just keeps growing!) : 1 kitty, 2 pups, 1 turtle and 6 spoiled chickens. Someday (hopefully sooner rather...

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post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 

I dream of a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned.

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Happily married for 8 years. Proud mama to an assortment of critters (and the list just keeps growing!) : 1 kitty, 2 pups, 1 turtle and 6 spoiled chickens. Someday (hopefully sooner rather...

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I dream of a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned.

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Happily married for 8 years. Proud mama to an assortment of critters (and the list just keeps growing!) : 1 kitty, 2 pups, 1 turtle and 6 spoiled chickens. Someday (hopefully sooner rather...

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post #9 of 10

To assemble mine, I used one of the add a motor controllers, string, a piece of plexiglass, a timer, and scrap wood for the groves for the plexiglass to slide in.  The whole thing was around $100.  Initially I thought it was too much, but now that I get to sleep in and stay out late, I feel it has been money well spent. A picture of the controller set up is in the link a page about my coop under my avatar over to the left. 


Edited by GardeNerd - 3/29/12 at 9:47pm

To see pictures of my small coop, bantam Cochins, my urban garden and micro orchard, please visit my blog, hanburyhouse.com

 

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To see pictures of my small coop, bantam Cochins, my urban garden and micro orchard, please visit my blog, hanburyhouse.com

 

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post #10 of 10

  I'm trying to do the same. I'm want to use an old unworking solar motion light. The only thing bad is the motion part. But the battery is a 6  volt. It charges fine and the light works. Now to find the motor to run on 1.5 V. smile.png

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