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December 18, 2009

Chicken Coop Door Automation and Monitoring

at 10:22 am. Filed under Electronic Hacks, Funny Hacks

What do you do when you have animals to look after but don’t have enough hours in the day to care for all their needs? Well we have seen uses of technology to feed your animals automatically. Food isn’t the only need, of course they need water also. But have no fear technology can help us there also. After all that food and water has been consumed they have some other needs, you guessed it, some tech can come to the rescue in that department also. Every now and then our pets need to be cleaned from all that lovely automation, no problem, we have an app for that. And lastly we need to keep track of them as if they were inmates in your house, this issue can also be solved using some technology!

Now that we have covered what is needed to take care of our indoor animals, what about your outdoor animals? Why are the chickens being left out here? Well this is no longer a problem. 🙂 The ioBridge which has been featured here before is in control of the Fussy Chicken coop. I can’t wait to see what new projects the ioBridge will be handling in the new year. If you have played with one of these controllers I would love to hear about what you have built.

“Temperature, light level and door status data is brought to the page in real time via an ioBridge. An Apple Airport Express connects the ioBridge to the outside world via our wireless network, and also extends the range of our network out into the back yard.

The VSBb Automatic Chicken Coop Door Opener lets the girls out at sunrise and back in at sunset while keeping nighttime predators out of the coop. It’s extremely reliable, and it’s four AA batteries seem to last forever. Although fully automatic, it can be operated via the Web if need be. When the door opens or closes, the ioBridge sends a text message to my iPhone. It also sends a Tweet to @fussychickens and an update to Facebook via ping.fm, reminding me to fire up a browser and make sure all the chickens are in for the evening. The door usually opens and closes when the light level is about 35.”


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4 Responses to “Chicken Coop Door Automation and Monitoring”

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  3. Jeremy Smith Says:

    Upon making an Automatic Chicken Coop Door for our coop we researched many different ideas. After building well over five different prototypes we came up with one that we set on our coop and even lured the predators in to see how it held up against them. Over two years later and the door still separate the chickens from what is lurking outside. Also it lets them out at 6AM so I don’t have to get up on the weekends. My family enjoys not having to come how early in the evenings to put the girls up since the door locks them all up for the evening. Here is a link to a video of predators trying to get into our coop. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b43RPCPhMmM

    In the past year we have built many of these same doors and sold them on our site but still making the door as simple as possible to install. The average person can install it in a matter of 15 minutes. We have even made an installation video that is on our site. We have never had a complaint about any predators getting through our doors. Now that doesn’t sound like that big of a deal until, I tell you that our doors are sold all over the world. US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Czech Republic, Italy ect. We take our time creating these doors and never try to save a few pennies, we used the most expensive glues longer staples, and master carpenters. We even linseed oil our doors to keep the door from swelling in any of the weather conditions that it may come against. We have even created a small trim kit piece we send free with every one of our doors to help benefit our customers. Here is a link to our installation video. http://www.youtube.com/user/AutomaticChickenCoop#p/u/9/DVLJQqaZ6wg

    Our door model we created is made with Model D20 Drapery motor. This means unlike most automatic doors it needs no counter weight so this means no unnecessary counter weight maxing out the weight limit on the door or causing the door lines to get tangled up and jam the door.

    If you would like to check it out our site is http://www.AutomaticChickenCoopDoor.com
    Jeremy Smith
    Automatic Chicken Coop Door

  4. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Jeremy,

    Looks like a fun industry to be in.

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