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Solar powered automatic chicken coop door opener

Arduino controlled coop door closer opener


Filear.com has an informative post on his new solar powered Arduino controlled automatic chicken coop door opener.

He's got a 4 minute video that helps to show what steps are needed to make something like this work. I'm guessing it might cost over 150 dollars due to the solar cell and back up battery. A bit complicated and somewhat expensive, but a good choice for those out there who need this type of application and don't want to run electrical power out to the flock.
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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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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