Chicken Coop Automation

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Shep Smith, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. Shep Smith

    Shep Smith New Egg

    Mar 23, 2015
    Hello all,

    I have been meaning to share this project as it came together, but now I am at a good stopping point to document what I have done to date.

    I made a little YouTube video (). The upshot is:
    -rain barrel hooked up to chicken nipples for continual hands-off water.
    -small attic fan with thermostat to cool the house when when it gets hot.
    -Light sensor that triggers doors closing at night
    -Feed level sensor tied to a small servo to display feed level on an old-fashioned dual
    -a stained glass rooster with LED backlighting to indicate the birds are safely closed in.

    Happy to provide more technical details for anyone who is interested.
  2. Rosemtnar

    Rosemtnar Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 17, 2016
    Drakes Creek, AR
    My Coop
    Thats kinda cool!

    Luckily for me, my coop is far enough from the house that there is no electricity out there. That means I have to get up and go down there to check on the chicky bois. It gets me out of the house and at my age anymore, I need that.

    I do like your rain barrel idea tho.
  3. TerryH

    TerryH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2016
    NW Arkansas
    My Coop
    That's awesome Shep!!! Nice work.

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