CLOSED - NYD Hatch-along Contest #4: Most Ingenious Chicken Product Design

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Lothiriel, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Description: This contest is for all designers of cool brooders, feeders, waters, saddles,whatever you have created for your fowl.

    Rules:
    1. Post your pictures on this thread
    2. Post it by 11:59 PM EST, December 31, 2012

    • Who: Open to all of BYC, not just the hatchers!
    • End: Midnight EST, December 31st

    • Prize: Brinsea Incubator
    http://www.brinsea.com/prod-Mini_Advance_fully_digital_7_egg_incubator-230.aspx


    First Prize : Brinsea Incubator



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    For all the other contests related to the New Year's Day Hatchalong please visit this page: https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/4th-annual-byc-nyd-hatch-along-contests
     
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  2. Brechin

    Brechin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess I will kick off this contest!! My entry is as follows:

    I have created, and am currently testing, a device that monitors and maintains the micro-environment of an incubator. I think it is safe to say that a lot of people with home made, used, and even basic new incubators have trouble making sure the temp and humidity are in the correct ranges. This device (still trying to think of a name for it) actually controls the heat source in your incubator. It is also equipped with a high quality micro thermometer that is accurate within a 9th of a degree and a micro hygrometer that is accurate within 1%. These together allow for a very incognito wire to be laid in the incubator and the sensor head, no bigger than a dime, right over or at the level of the eggs.

    The best part about my invention is that is not only controls the heat source for you, turning heat lamps on and off to maintain temps, but it also send you an alert when your temp or humidity strays outside a range you have set. These alerts are emailed to you with specific data available to let you know what exactly the problem is. There is also a "live feed" webpage where you can go and see graphs and temp/humidity readings in real time. These are updated second by second in your web browser. The graphs show you the efficiency of your particular incubator which allows you to make changes as needed. In testings, it was found that INC A was losing heat too quickly because the graph showed quick highs and lows where the lamp was coming on to keep the temp at a safe range. But INC B is very steady!

    In the future, this device may actually be available for sale to BYC members who are looking for a way to erase some of the headache and heartache of hatching. I have included pics below of the very primitive Alpha version of this invention as well as graphs and a link to the graphs where you can view them in real time until they hatch is over. I plan to add an oxygen sensor and motion sensor or webcam option. This may also be sold with a heat lamp base and instructions for usage to get the optimum use and accuracy of the product.

    In summary, my invention:

    -controls heat source to maintain constant temp.
    -monitors temp/humidity
    -send alerts when temp/humid goes outside a set range (you set this range)
    -collects constant data of the incubation period and graphs the data fro you to view
    -can monitor and control up to 4 incubators with a 30 ft range for each sensor cord (these will unplug from main power cord when not in use)
    -makes life a lot easier/less stressful.


    HOPE YOU LIKE MY INVENTION! I AM HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY AND ALL QUESTIONS!! CLICK HERE!!
    To see the graphs and readings in real time!

    PIC #1 - microcontroller board number 1 of 2 that makes this all possible.

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    PIC #2 microcontroller board number 2 of 2, covered in duct tape to prevent wires from becoming dislodged.


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    PIC #3 housing unit built to keep all the live power safe.
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    PIC #4 the wire with both microsensors on the end. The final product with have more of a whale tale shape and cleaner look.

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    PIC #5 the website where you can view this particular unit's readings.



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    PIC #6 graph and temp readings of INCUBATOR A (does not have hygrometer installed yet)
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    PIC #7 graph and temp/humid readings of INCUBATOR B
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    **PATENT APPLICATIONS HAVE ALREADY BEEN COMPLETED!!**
     
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  3. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    I invinted a chick mobile for my little butter who coudnt stand up for a few weeks after hatching.
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    [​IMG]Useing my sons legos I made a frame with wheels that was tall enough for her good foot to touch the ground

    [​IMG] I then cut up sevral pieces of wash clothe (so I could change them regularly) with leg holes and a hole for her to pooh out of and sewed that onto the lego frame.

    [​IMG]I later added another lego piece that made a flat shelf in front of her on wich I could put chick crumble, I cant find a picture of that.
    I added legos to raise the hight as she grew , and had plans to change over to pvc pipe when she out grew the legos but by then she had started being able to stand up and walk on her own with a limp.
     
  4. Brechin

    Brechin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    DANG IT Gabrielle1976!! There is no way in heckles I can beat your submission! It includes the "Warm Fuzzy" factor. People's eyes and hearts will melt at the sight of your chicky and the invention you made to save it's precious little life.

    I AM DOOMED!!! [​IMG]
     
  5. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    Your idea is awsome too though , I didnt understand a thing but It looks awsome and Im sure anyone else will be able to see and understand the merit in it , Im just electronically challanged I can barely use my new android phone Im that bad [​IMG]
     
  6. cluck-cluck

    cluck-cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Must admit Little Butter is legendary, but that device you've come up with, Brechin, is awesome. Wish I could come up with something but I lack the genius factor :( These are both excellent ideas! Honestly. Good luck to you two and to anyone else with a great idea!!! I'll be watching this thread closely, as it has such exciting possibilities!
     
  7. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    Can we post more than one thing, or just one?

    ~ Aspen
     
  8. Brechin

    Brechin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am not sure, but I think you should post a few and if they say otherwise just pick your favorite one later. For now, I just think this contest need some more action!!
     
  9. Daloorashens

    Daloorashens Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. Chickflick2

    Chickflick2 Out Of The Brooder

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    If you post something during week #1, and it doesn't win, can you resubmit it again for week #2?
     

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