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DIY automatic chicken door ?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by harbisgirl, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. harbisgirl

    harbisgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Has anybody made a DIY automatic chicken door? I would love to buy one but they are just so darn expensive! With all the handy and creative peeps on this forum, I thought maybe someone had built one themselves.
     
  2. ScottM

    ScottM Chillin' With My Peeps

    I made one, all u have to do is pull the string and it automatically opens :lol:

    But seriously I'd be interested too
     
  3. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Read about an old farmer that used a wind up alarm clock and a string. Set the alarm each night for a certain time each morning and when the alarm went off the key would turn and wind the string up, thus opening the pop door.

    I love that kind of ingenuity!
     
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  4. kristenm1975

    kristenm1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh my goodness, that's brilliant!!!
     
  5. Taglienti07

    Taglienti07 New Egg

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    I am trying to construct one right now using the motor, gearbox, and circuit board from a paper shredder. It can lift about 30 lbs! I need to figure out how to wire it to switch from forward to reverse at each close/open. Any advice would be much appreciated!
     
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  6. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You might consider checking Instructables.com. I am sure that someone there has built one, probably from a paper clip or some other incredible source. Seriously, there is at least one using an arduino for controlling the motor.

    Chris
     
  7. harbisgirl

    harbisgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great idea - I love instructables.com
     
  8. harbisgirl

    harbisgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Chillin' With My Peeps

    To assemble mine, I used one of the add a motor controllers, string, a piece of plexiglass, a timer, and scrap wood for the groves for the plexiglass to slide in. The whole thing was around $100. Initially I thought it was too much, but now that I get to sleep in and stay out late, I feel it has been money well spent. A picture of the controller set up is in the link a page about my coop under my avatar over to the left.
     
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2012
  10. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm trying to do the same. I'm want to use an old unworking solar motion light. The only thing bad is the motion part. But the battery is a 6 volt. It charges fine and the light works. Now to find the motor to run on 1.5 V. [​IMG]
     

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