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DIY Automatic Chicken Door - Part 2 - Electronics

Introduction In our previous DIY Automatic Chicken Door article, we gave you access to detailed plans for building the wooden cabinet, door and motor – door controller housing. In this article, our intent is to provide information and designs for the electronics-based components in your DYI Automatic Chicken Door. Overview You learn about a solid and simple solution to opening and closing your coop door. You’ll also learn about the tools, materials and parts which you will need. Our approach is to provide a modular DIY approach to building your own automatic chicken door. The information which follows, and the associated design files will provide a solid foundation for the electronic and hardware components of your DIY Automatic Chicken Door...

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DIY Automatic Chicken Door - Part 1

Introduction In this article, we’re going to provide all the information that you need to build your own Automatic Chicken Coop Door. Overview You learn about a solid and simple solution to opening and closing your coop door. You’ll also learn about the tools, materials and parts which you will need. Our approach is to provide a modular DIY approach to building your own automatic chicken door. Specifically, if you are good at woodworking and have access to most of the basic woodworking tools, then you can use these plans to build the wooden cabinet and door controller enclosure. If you are good at working with electronics and writing the micro-controller firmware code, then you will learn about the key...

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Keeping Your Chickens Safe, Happy and Comfortable During Winter

If your chickens live in an area which tends to experience moderate to harsh winters, it is important to be mindful of how conditions which prevail during winter can affect them.

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Automatic Chicken Coop Door Comparisons

If you are looking for a good, reliable automatic chicken door, there are several to choose from. It can be time consuming to make the right choice. You may also find that some older sites do not include comparisons or ratings for newer coop doors which have entered the market (within the past 5 years).

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How to Ensure Your Chickens are Safe from Nighttime Predators

There is a long list of nighttime predators that would love to get into your coop at night and eat or kill your chickens.  This is a challenge if you want to allow your chickens to free range because it means that you will need to open your coop door to let your chickens out during the day.  More importantly, you need to ensure that the door is securely closed after your chickens have gone back into the coop to roost.  Therein lies the challenge, ensuring that the door is closed before the nighttime predators are out.  Most backyard chicken owners are busy and often go to work at least one day per week (lucky duck). If you are not...

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