In order to break the Chicken Coop automation down into small bite size chunks I’m starting with a manual operated door. This will get the mechanics working for the door and the electronics up and running for manual override.

I designed my door around a 5 RPM 12 volt gear motor from Amazon.

I wanted the door to open and close slowly so as not to disturb the chickens.

I made a mount from some aluminum angle and a spool from aluminum bar stock. I know most won’t have the means to make them and if you go this route I’ll make those parts for a reasonable cost.

The things you will need to get going are: