by Susan DeFreitas, September 23rd, 2011
Everybody these days, it seems, wants chickens, whether as an antidote to that sad business of factory farms, security against the latest food scare, or the simple, old-fashioned pleasures of a homegrown omelet. But there’s one thing almost nobody wants to do, and that’s get up at the crack of dawn — weekdays, weekends, holidays, etc. — to let those little cluckers out to peck.
Not long back, we covered a solar powered chicken coop that actually moves, robotically, around your yard, giving your chicks some exercise without actually having to open the coop. Maybe it’s Occam’s Razor, but we like this solar powered chicken coop door scheme from chrisatronics better. Not only because it’s simpler, but because, given basic tools and a day or so of mechanical inclination — and, okay, probably a geeky programmer friend – you can build it yourself.