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How to fully automate your chickens. My decision to try and make our chickens and ducks fully automated came just before we headed off for a three week holiday.  We decided that rather than paying someone to come each day we would invest the money in fully automating them with automatic doors, an on-demand feeder, fresh water and a diy swiveling web-cam to keep an eye on it all .  Since taking the plunge, the system has operated flawlessly for over a year without even needing the batteries…

How to fully automate your chickens. My decision to try and make our chickens and ducks fully automated came just before we headed off for a three week holiday. We decided that rather than paying someone to come each day we would invest the money in fully automating them with automatic doors, an on-demand feeder, fresh water and a diy swiveling web-cam to keep an eye on it all . Since taking the plunge, the system has operated flawlessly for over a year without even needing the batteries…

In March 2011 MOTHER EARTH NEWS asked our readers to submit their designs for the Automatic Coop Door Contest and the entries were fantastic! Congratulations goes to our three top contestants and their unique designs. From MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine.

Automatic Coop Door: Contest Winners - Modern Homesteading

In March 2011 MOTHER EARTH NEWS asked our readers to submit their designs for the Automatic Coop Door Contest and the entries were fantastic! Congratulations goes to our three top contestants and their unique designs. From MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine.

Got a feeder waiting for installation... and got the little red bowl for the water but I'll be putting mine on a food-safe water-barrel.

Got a feeder waiting for installation... and got the little red bowl for the water but I'll be putting mine on a food-safe water-barrel.

Crafty Farmgirl's gorgeous chicken/goat house.... Would adapt this idea for guest suites with a screened porch

Crafty Farmgirl's gorgeous chicken/goat house.... Would adapt this idea for guest suites with a screened porch

... ideal duck pen. Really wish we could do this. Raised duck pond then d

... ideal duck pen. Really wish we could do this. Raised duck pond then d

Wow-I would love to see the chickens that live in this palace! I suppose this would be a million dollar home in the world of chickens!

Wow-I would love to see the chickens that live in this palace! I suppose this would be a million dollar home in the world of chickens!

8 Best Chicken Breeds for Homestead (I'd add Rhode Island Red to this list. We do have a Dominique. They do love the cold weather -- she's always first out of the coop in the morning.)

8 Best Chicken Breeds for Homestead (I'd add Rhode Island Red to this list. We do have a Dominique. They do love the cold weather -- she's always first out of the coop in the morning.)

I need one for my chickens! Geodesic Dome Walk-in Outdoor Aviary / Flight Cage / Animal Pen - 20 ft Diameter

I need one for my chickens! Geodesic Dome Walk-in Outdoor Aviary / Flight Cage / Animal Pen - 20 ft Diameter

Recycled items for a chicken coop, small garden or pet area. Roof is an old satelite.  Looks easy to make.

Recycled items for a chicken coop, small garden or pet area. Roof is an old satelite. Looks easy to make.