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Automatic Chicken Coop Door - Auto Closes Coop - Beta Version 1.0

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Okay everyone, after years of talking about it, and finally coming up with a general plan, I've developed the Beta version of the auto coop door closer.  If you had to buy the 3 main parts new (timer, actuator, AC adapter), they wouldn't cost you more than $15.

Here are the original plans for the automatic chicken coop door.

Here's the video of it in action (narrated by my very own 5 year old Alana)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rf8XodrwqYE

Keep in mind, this is just a beta version for proof of concept!   In the next versions I'll try to slow down the door decent, clean everything up, and put it on a better looking chicken coop!  roll  wink  big_smile

I'll work on more details later, but right now I'm off to a Fall Harvest Festival at church.     I'm happy to know I can set this thing and know my girls will be locked up safe when I get home!

big_smile

UPDATE:  Here are all the details and lots of pics of the design:  http://www.nifty-stuff.com/auto-coop-door-prototype.php

Rob - Married to my wife Emily for 13 years and have two daughters, 10 and 8.  Home to four hens
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post #2 of 290

Put a blade on the bottom and its a guilateen (SP?) for predators.

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post #3 of 290
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Here is the whole system.  At the core it is actually pretty basic and simple.


http://www.nifty-stuff.com/wp/uploads/2008/10/automatic-chicken-coop-door-v1.jpg

I'll post more later!

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post #4 of 290

I think she has a future in advertising:yippiechickie


And the door is cool also.

5 Horses, 2 Border Collies, 1 GSD,1Tarantula, 6 Gold Comets, 3 EE's, retired and still working on the chicken coop.
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haha... thanks!   In the first take she said, "...and we do not want any chickens in there!"

CUT!

gig


I had my wife pick up this digital timer:  http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=95205

It
was on sale locally for $7.99.  A bit more than the cheap ones, but I can enter the start and end time exactly and make it only a minute.

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post #6 of 290

This is a great idea... small price to pay for "insurance".  yippiechickie

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Still in my shell with one Hubby, 4 children (1 autistic), over 10 acres of mud in winter and over 100 degrees in summer, 4 cats, 1 dog, and a Brand New Coop!!!
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**Faye**                                                   I John 4:19 "We love Him, because He first loved us."

Still in my shell with one Hubby, 4 children (1 autistic), over 10 acres of mud in winter and over 100 degrees in summer, 4 cats, 1 dog, and a Brand New Coop!!!
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post #7 of 290

I like this inexpesive plan...  Have you figured out how to make it open in morning and then close at night?

Also how is the door locked when closed.  Thanks, Donna

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All details will hopefully come today (if I can get this BYC University shirt order finalized).

Adding the ability to open the door automatically will tripple (if not more) the difficulty and complexity of the system.     I just need a system that will come in and guarantee a safe coop if we forget, or get home too late.

The door is secured by a pin that falls into place once the door drops.   I'll post lots of pics once I get a chance.

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post #9 of 290

Looking good.  Simple and effective!

post #10 of 290

You know, what might be a good door design is a revolving door.http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/8/88/RevolvingDoorDiag2007.jpg/300px-RevolvingDoorDiag2007.jpg

I don't know if chickens are smart enough to learn how to enter and exit something that is seemingly closed, or push through something.

But if you had a revolving door design, and then used something like a door lock actuator to lock the door in place at night, and then free it to turn in the morning, I think it would work.

What do you think?

- Dave
Eugene, Oregon
Front Yard Chickening with: 1 black sex-link (Rosco), 1 light Brahma hen (Basil), 1 Buff Orpington (Ginny), and 3 buff orp chicks, and 3 ameracauna chicks.
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