help please auto chicken coop door

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by simondowding, Apr 8, 2011.

  1. simondowding

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    Apr 7, 2011
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    Hi ,Very new to electronics . My son has chickens which he keeps up at his allotment and I've seen this devise which automatically opens the pop door in the morning and closes it at night. I was hoping that someone could possible show me a design with parts list and I could give it to him to build.
    Now this design would need to run off small batteries as no electic on site and ideally works with a small timer . I've seen some designs which will open and not close , ones which work on a car battery ultilising a electric aerial. But I would like a small battery design.
    Any help would be much appreciated , but please explain fully as very new to this.
     
  2. mbxs3

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    What about solar panels? You could use solar panels to provide the power, and have a battery supply there for back up incase of inclement weather or something. I would think that with just a battery set-up, you would have to be constantly checking to make sure it hasn't drained and the door is operating as it needs to be.
     
  3. retched

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    Have you searched the forum yet? This is not the first thread about auto-chicken doors.

    I dont recall if the other(s) were completed, but a search may help get you started.
     
  4. wayneh

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    Do you really need to open and close the door, or just latch and unlatch it? Motors to move the door won't last long on battery power. A latch mechanism could work with solar recharging.
     
  5. Wendy

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    As I recall this is around the 6th or 7th request. There is some very deep prior art on this site. All About Birds?
     
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