“El Pollo Palace” – My Arduino Automated, Energy Efficient Chicken Coop

  1. dhnaves
    I had sketched out what I wanted to build and gave myself about a $300 budget. I had so many materials already, so I thought I could do it. (outside of the serious techno-pimpage I desired)
    What I Wanted


    • Medium Size Coop
    • Medium Size Run
    • Something durable
    • To build it from recycled materials
    • Security from predators
    • Automation
    • Weatherproof
    • Semi-Modern looking (not too “Countryish)
    • Green & Energy Efficient
    • Technically Advanced
    What I Have

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    El Pollo Palace
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    Arduino Chicken Coop Controller (labelled)
    Arduino Chicken Coop Controller (labelled)
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    Night View - Predator PIR Motion Detector Alarm & Deterrent for Chicken Protection
    Night View - Predator PIR Motion Detector Alarm & Deterrent for Chicken Protection
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    El Pollo Palace
    El Pollo Palace - Arduino Automated Chicken Coop
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    I’ve been building the coop off and on now since Spring of 2012 (keeps me sanely away from my computers) and below is what I’ve built or am still building:

    The Chicken Coop Controller

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    Arduino Chicken Coop Controller
    This would be the brains of the entire system, encased in a simple plastic organizer with the dividers removed. It’s set within a UL approved metal electrical housing, which is nestled within the El Pollo Palace Network Operations Center or “E.P.P.N.O.C.” =) When I started the coop, I knew I wanted it to be technically advanced beyond reason, but I didn’t really want it to *look* too high tech, (at least not from the exterior) but not too “country” either. So I just went for it and I’m pretty happy with the results.
    Click for details >


    Automatic Chicken Coop Door

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    Auto chicken door
    I wanted a small door to open automatically (via Arduino / time of day) to the outside world. Doing this would relieve us from worrying if the chickens were safe at night and to be able to…Click for details >

    Chicken Nesting Box

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    Chicken Coop Nesting Box
    Chicken Coop Nesting Box Door Hinge Detail | closeup of the hinge *before* being covered by a cedar 1×3 – note: the opening is about 1 1/4? behind the reveal…

    Coop Interior

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    Chicken Coop Interior Vents (rear)
    Even though the dimension were already established, given that I used a used dog house, I wanted to give the chickens a few places to hop around and roost. I’ve seen other coops that just have a single roost and maybe that’s fine, but… Click for details >

    Automatic Chicken Watering System(s)

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    Chicken Coop Automatic Watering System – Poultry Cups
    I thought long and hard about what I wanted to do to keep the babies in fresh water. So after extensive research, I found that the “watering cups” would be the best bet… Click for details >

    The Chicken Coop Heater(s)

    details coming soon…
    The Chicken Coop Cooling System

    details coming soon…
    Chicken Web Cam



    I wanted to be able to check on the girls in the coop, especially when we’re away. Having a web-enabled camera allowed just for that (ok, and maybe I went a bit overboard with the servo-driven sweeping pattern of the camera… but hey, I couldn’t see them all with such a tight shot. Click for details >


    Predator Motion Detector Alarm & Deterrent for Chickens

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    Predator PIR Motion Detector Alarm & Deterrent for Chickens
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    The Coop Run

    details coming sooon…

    The Exterior Run

    details coming soon…

    (Semi) Automatic Chicken Feeder

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    Automatic Chicken Feeder (top view detail)
    Based on what others I had seen, I created this from 3″ ABS pipe. I already had most of the materials, except the cap and threaded plug, which I bought for under $5 at the Habitat for Humanity Restore… Click for details >

    Construction Phase

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  1. dhnaves
    aw, thanks for the kind words! i just started building this page... didn't know it was live yet. (sorry if it's in disarray)

    i'll update it very soon and get it all together.

    =)

    cheers!
  2. crazyfeathers
    Wow! What a talented coop builder you are, can i borrow you lol.

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