Spring has finally sprung and it’s the time of year when many of us dust off the winter cobwebs with spring cleaning around the house, garage, garden and, if you have one, the backyard chicken coop. While you’re at it, this is also a great time to make life easier through automation. In this article we will go over how to use a micro linear actuator to automate a chicken coop door to simplify your urban chicken raising life.
Nobody enjoys repetitive, mundane tasks. Even less so when they are done early morning or late in the evening. Add some bad weather to the mix and these daily chores can become downright miserable.
With today’s technology, there is no reason NOT to automate these boring tasks and free up your time for more important things – like catching Pokemon’s running amuck in your coop.
Fact: Mundane tasks suck.
Fact: Automating mundane tasks is easy.
Most automation applications are simple and cheap to install and will save you a ton of time. Installing a micro linear actuator to automate a chicken coop door is one of the easiest ways to incorporate automation in your daily life. That said, if you’re technically challenged, a local installer could get you set up in no time.
How to Use a Micro Linear Actuator to Automate a Chicken Coop Door
There are many ways to use a micro linear actuator to automate a chicken coop door. Think about all the situations when you’ve had to manually open or close the door.
- What time do you open/close the backyard chicken coop door?
- Do you open/close it at specific temperatures or humidity?
- Would you like to have the chicken coop door open/close automatically in the presence of predators?
Truth be told, we are not chicken farmers and we don’t know all the conditions/situations where automation would be useful. These are only a few examples of backyard chicken coop automation configurations that we know other, who do raise their own chickens, have installed. You are the best judgement of what automation setup would be the most valuable to you.
The simplest way to use a micro linear actuator to automate a chicken coop door is installing it to activate with the push of a switch/button or remote control. This button could be placed inside the house, near a window or door, so you can watch the exciting action from the comfort of indoors while sipping your morning coffee.
To take it a step further, you could add a microcontroller, like an Arduino or Raspberry Pi, to activate the micro linear actuator at a specific time. This is also very easy to do but will require a little bit of coding. Once set up, you won’t even need to push the button. Just sit back and monitor your chickens without stepping outside. Or lifting a finger. Except to drink coffee.
If you want to get really sophisticated, you can add sensors for things like motion, temperature, humidity to determine when to activate the chicken coop doors. If you have a large coop, you could even add a few doors and program them to open/close in sync or at different times.
Depending on the size of your chickens and coop, our 5- or 6- inch stroke Nexus would likely be ideal for an automated chicken coop door. Naturally, some backyard chicken farmers are hesitant to use automated devices because they require power. Fortunately our electric linear actuators are small and require very little power so. It would not take much to install an additional modification to power the system using solar energy.s
Other Ways to Automate Backyard Chicken Coops and Urban Farms
Using a micro linear actuator to automate a chicken coop door isn’t the only way to automate your urban chicken farm. Other automation ideas include:
- Automated chicken feed
- Automated water
- Automated tray cleaning
- Automated gate locks
Again, we lay no claim to be farmers. If you raise backyard chickens, or are a service provider who installs these urban farms, you would know the most useful ways to add automation and free up more time for other tasks.
Do you raise backyard chickens or have an urban farm? How do you (or would you) use automation to simplify your life? We’d love to hear about it! Leave us a comment below…