Upgraded coop and Automatic doors

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by DJSams, Apr 21, 2011.

  1. DJSams

    DJSams Out Of The Brooder

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    Been working on upgrading the coop and installing automatic doors and waterers.


    Automatic door 1 works with a pool pump and pumps water into the counter weight
    of a morning to raise the door and drains down at night to shut it. also operates the meaties brooder door by pullys
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    As the water is being pumped during the day it goes through the pvc pipe to water the chickens
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  2. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Overrun With Chickens

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  3. j3707

    j3707 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like the concept of dual functions. Does the water run all day and how/where does it drain out at the end of the day?
     
  4. DJSams

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    Yes the water runs all day circulating through the waterers, then the timer shuts off at night drains the weight tube and the doors go shut. Drains back into a 5 gal bucket, just have to add some water every 3 or 4 days.

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  5. Chicken.Lytle

    Chicken.Lytle Chillin' With My Peeps

    That is mind-blowingly cool. Why did you pick that technology?
     
  6. DJSams

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    I'm Cheap !!! Pump was on sale at Harbor Freight for $10. Almost everything else was just left over from other projects except for a few fittings. Next challenge is to keep it from freezing, I'm hoping that with the water moving it won't freeze during the day. and I can insulate the bucket to keep it from freezing at night.
     
  7. KansasBoy

    KansasBoy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very cool, have to love Harbor Freight! Love how simple it seems to maintain! [​IMG]
     
  8. DJSams

    DJSams Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank You [​IMG]
     

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