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Automatic chicken coop clock

clock mechanismThe guys at Dragonflypower.com have the cheapest automatic chicken coop door design I could find during my search.

It's use of a basic alarm clock keeps the cost low, but I've got some serious doubts on how solid of a solution this is going to be for the long haul.

The complete design is being given away at their website in what looks like an effort to promote their build your own wind generator plans, which are 10 dollars.
Automatic chicken door


Edited to add:


After years of research, Mark eventually settled on
this automatic chicken door.

You can see a summary of the best chicken door alternatives and why he chose this version here.

If you're planning on automating your coop, don't forget to pick up one of our chicken waterers.  They never spill or fill with poop, and if done right, can only need filling every few days or weeks!



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BadCoon
Hi Waldeneffect: I'm Dragonflypower. Thank you for the link and site appraisal, but I'd like to make some corrections. the photo chosen above is from an obsolete version (Kaczynski mousetrap model) of the famous BadCoon brand Chicken-coop Door Closer. Also the BadCoon brand Chicken-coop Door Closer isn't a device to promote the Dragonfly Wind Generator, actually the Dragonfly Wind Generator plans (for only 10 dollars) is a device to promote the BadCoon Chicken-coop Door Closer, which wouldn't normally sell under any circumstances.
Comment by Bill Cornelius Fri Apr 24 13:05:46 2009
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:-) Thanks for those corrections!
Comment by anna Fri Apr 24 16:17:52 2009
Chicken
Do you feed you chickens? Does the chicken tractor allow the chickens to eat enough natural food? A tractor is not an option for me but I need to reduce my feed bill. I have 16 birds currently for eggs and meat. I can't range them because of my neighbors dog. Any suggestions? Also love the auto doors Mark has researched. Are yall planning on building a coop? In Arkansas I believe our spring is a little ahead of yours. I like reading you site. You are a wealth of info.
Comment by Erich Fri May 1 15:21:59 2009
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We do feed our chickens, about 2/3 of a cup of laying pellets per chicken per day. Chickens can get about 10% of their food from pasture, although Harvey Ussery is doing a lot of experiments on growing his own chicken feeds and finding other ways to drastically cut feed costs. (There's a lot of information on his website at http://www.themodernhomestead.us/ and he's also had some great articles in Backyard Poultry magazine.)

The amount of natural food the chicken tractor lets your chickens eat depends on how often you move it. I nearly always move my tractor every day, which gives the chickens fresh weeds and bugs. I highly recommend you build a tractor --- we'd never go back to a coop!

Comment by anna Fri May 1 20:01:09 2009

One very unique homestead, $1,500 per acre, the opportunity of a lifetime