Automatic chicken door

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Craxe77, Jun 12, 2016.

  1. Craxe77

    Craxe77 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello all,

    I just finished my automatic chicken door and wanted to post what I have so far. I copied this from a youtube video that I found and wanted to share my attempt. His was much better but I had a little trouble finding some of the components locally. His video is at . A schematic of how to set up the electronics is at the end of the video.

    I will be trying newer components among other things and cleaning it up a bit before I say the project is totally complete. I could have bought a nice one that looks so much better but where is the fun in that. Plus it's is much cheaper to make yourself.

    I bought the following components:
    - 12vdc motor - From newegg.com
    - Two 12vdc DPDT relays - From Sears
    - Two 250V 16A SPDT 1NO 1NC Long Straight Hinge Lever Switches - From Sears
    - Timer Relay Switch Din Rail Mount Digital Weekly Programmable Timer DC/AC 12V
    - Wooden Spool from arts and craft store
    - Motor shaft mounting hub - from Pololu.com https://www.pololu.com/product/1997
    - Wood scraps that I had lying around.

    Here is the wiring and components without the cover.

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    I assembled the door out of scraps I had lying around. Here is a video. (I am not a professional)
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    Here is the cover I built to house it all.

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    Last edited: Jun 12, 2016
  2. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

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    Well done! Thanks for sharing!
     
  3. Craxe77

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    Thanks
     
  4. GBryant890

    GBryant890 Out Of The Brooder

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    I saved that video too. I think the only thing I'd do differently is to replace the lever switches with magnetic proximity switches. Less moving parts to go bad.
     
  5. Craxe77

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    Good idea! I was thinking about that also. I was just about to order a couple of them. I'm going to keep my safety cut off switch at the top as a microswitch though.
     

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