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Automatic Chicken Coop Door

Easy way to make your Chicken Coop Door controlled through your smart phone.

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For this project we built a chicken coop door that is operated by a smart phone app.
This allows you to monitor your chicken coop door remotely, open and close it remotely, set a schedule for operation, and operate it using Amazon Alexa. Some Chicken Coop door with less features sell for ~$200, this one with smart phone features was about ~$75.

Full build is documented in the video below.

This project uses an Arduino Nano. Only required 2 inputs and 2 outputs so it could have been basically any microcontroller you wanted. 

I used a inexpensive smart garage door controller to handle all the smart phone and Alexa integration. All I had to to was make it think the chicken coop door was a garage door. 

A lot of people since the pandemic have started a chicken coop at home. I'm sure there are a bunch of those people that do not want to open the coop door at 6am every day and remember to close it every night. This can help, and will allow you to even open or close it anywhere you are and check the status on it.

Lastly, this app also allows you to set us a schedule. I'm not sure the purpose of this is for a garage door but it works well for chicken coops. 

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2 input and 2 output connections to the Arduino Nano

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All connections for all components

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The relay connection to allow reversing power to the linear actuator

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example schedule for the chicken coop door

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measurements of the actual door to build a mock up at home for a prototype

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  • The Logo

    W. Jason Altice01/18/2021 at 05:54 0 comments

    My sister also came up with a cool name.

    Mother Clucker's Eggxit Door. 

    Very creative I think. Here is the logo, it took me a while to get the dual color 3D print to not suck. 

  • Automated Door for my sister

    W. Jason Altice01/18/2021 at 05:51 0 comments

    My sister asked if I could build an automated chicken coop door for her. I started think of all the possible ways to make a door and how it should close. The easiest method is using a linear actuator. I also think it is the most reliable method. But I was looking at pulley systems and Guillotine coop doors. I was also looking at the ESP8266 for another WiFi project. But luckily, I found this smart garage controller on Amazon and it was under $30 and did all the WiFi and remote magic for me. All I had to do was make the controller was operating a real garage door. That's where the Arduino steps in. It simple will latch an output based on an input toggle. The garage door controller will short a connection for 2 seconds to toggle the garage door. 

    This is a smaller project, but something that would have taken a much larger effort 5 years ago. 

    I hope this project helps or gives an idea for someone looking to automate their chicken coop door. 

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    Build instructions are in the video. If there are any questions, please contact me and I'll provide an answer. 

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