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Question by chickensprobs    |  last reply

How can I make an automatic egg turner (for chicken eggs) about 6.?

Hi peeps, I would like to make an auto egg turner. Turn 6 to 8 chicken eggs about 180 degress once every hour. (approx) (this is for an incubator) I have motors etc...... all the gear with a few ideas...... Timing and distance of travel are my main concerns...... The turning process should also be as smooth as possible and quite slow... The eggs should not be covered as keeping their temperature constant is crucial.....

Question by niceribs    |  last reply

Anyone have plans for building roll out chicken nesting boxes?

Nesting boxes are usually about one cubic foot.  Several hens will use the same box.  Some hens will pick at eggs and break them.   I am looking for box plans that include a slanted box floor combined with a collection box so after an egg is laid and the hen leaves, the egg will roll into a bin.

Question by mitch2989    |  last reply

how can i make a reusable compact hand warmer?

I need it to last for a while and hen be able to heat it up. It also has to be thin and compact

Question by laxmaster92    |  last reply

Any ideas for storing enough solar heat to keep a tiny hen house warm overnight? Answered

I'm about to build a tiny chicken house for my three chickens.  I'm on the north shore of Lake Ontario, so we do get cold winters!  I'm thinking that I'll build an A-frame - maybe 4' tall by 6' long.  Two thoughts I've had are:  a double pane window set into the south wall, and/or some sort of pop can solar heater.  What I'm wondering is which would be the best idea?  I don't want to cook these chickens!  Is there some way to make it so some degree of heat will last overnight?  I'm not saying I want the house to remain at 70F or anything.  A bit of stored heat would be sufficient.  Be easy on me though, the words start getting technical and my eyes glaze over.  I have very little experience with any of this - including building the darn hen house! [I'll try to attach a picture of the chicken run I built them this summer]

Question by peacenique    |  last reply

How do you get dogs accustomed to chickens?

I have some dogs (too many, actually) and i am looking to get some chickens. The problem is, when we had ducks, the dogs would bark at them, and chase them along the fence of their pen. i don't want this to happen to the chickens, because i know they won't lay if they are spooked, so i need to find a way to get them to get along. i am planning to get the hens as chicks, and raise them up. does anyone knw how to get my mutts accustomed to having chickens about?

Question by cyc4015    |  last reply

Hacking a cassette tape adapter?

Hey everyone!  I was wondering, would it be possible to use the head in one of those cassette-to-AUX adapters as a tape reading head? Finding a new magnetic tape head is like hunting for hen's teeth, so it'd be nice if that were an option.  Many thanks!

Question by DrRorschach    |  last reply

Arduino light controler based on preset time and light intensity

I want to build an Arduino based controller for my chicken coop that will turn on the lights at a prescribed time in the morning (while it's still dark outside), then turn them off during the day (using a photoresistor) and then turn them back on when the sun sets and then finally turn them off again at a prescribed time so my hens can sleep. I have an Excel file with the lighting cycle times that is specific to my global position that is designed to maximize egg production from my hens that I'd like to use to control the on and off times of the lights. Can anyone point me to specific recommendations on which arduino board to use, and how to set up the timer and photoresistor properly? Thanks!

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Question by TTANGO    |  last reply

Chicken eggs? Answered

Hi chicken experts.  I have a broody hen and so decided to get some fertile chicken eggs for her to hatch. Now I have bought a mixed lot and so would like to garner opinion as to what I might get out of them. Possibility from the breeders are Welsummer, Cream legbar, Light sussex, to name but a few poeeibilities. Photo attached,

Question by rickharris    |  last reply

Any One Have Ideal To Creat A Stun gun For Electronics Project.....if u Have Any Data hen Plz Share with Me?

Hi ;me Power Electronics Student.I Want To creat a stun gun For My Master ProjectLike This One (Click Below)Stun GunWant Guidance From All Fr......sIf A know Any Thing Then Plz Help Me Out.....

Question by powerfull    |  last reply

Do we have an instructable specifically on trimming and keeping a beard nice looking ?

I am looking for advice on keeping my beard, which is becoming unruly already, trimmed and groomed. I mean, I did a search and didn't find anything really useful. In the spirit of Ogden Nash, I bring you an Edward Lear limerick: There was an old man with a beard,Who said: "It is just as I feared!Two owls and a hen, Four larks and a wrenHave all built their nests in my beard". Before and after pictures (in reverse order)...

Topic by Goodhart    |  last reply

Can I store ginger beer in screw-top metal flasks?

I used to make ginger beer as a kid in England when there was ample access to screw-top soft drink bottles, but now they are like hen's teeth. I have been saving these sturdy, metal (aluminium, I believe) screw-top flasks which seem to be lined with some plastic material. So, can I ferment my ginger beer in these flasks, as opposed to the always stipulated "glass screw tops"? I am sure they are strong enough to withstand the pressure buildup. TIA

Question by TheGarpster    |  last reply

How do I wire a 12V DC motor to micro switches, relay digital timer and battery?

I am wanting to wire up a door to my hen house that will open in the AM and close in the PM. I have a 12V DC powered cordless drill motor and a digital timer. Can you help me on what I need to make this all work as far as switches, relay, etc. and possibly give me some guidance on how to wire it up? Just so you know, I have very limited electrical experience. Thank you. Rod

Question by dobecool    |  last reply

Weird 'log-out' bug

Hope someone can help me fix this. I just got a comment on one of my videos, it is a featured one: I went to answer it directly but couldn't log in. However,  when I go onto my other videos or straight to my page I can but as soon as I go back to that video it logs me out and won't log me in. When I press the back arrow, hey presto I'm logged in again. Any ideas oh wise Robot??? All the best, Andy

Topic by Organikmechanic    |  last reply

What can be done with the little plastic capsules from Kinder Surprise eggs?

Kinder Surprise eggs are hollow chocolate eggs - the size of a large hen's egg, containing a small toy - usually a clip-together kit of some kind, contained within an ovoid plastic capsule. capsules used to be two-part, but have recently switched to having a living hinge attaching the lid section. They're a little under two inches long and about an inch in diameter (the pic in the above link shows the older, two-part design - but they're the same size either way)Surely there's something useful that could be done with these little plastic containers - they close pretty tightly - so I guess they could be waterproofed pretty easily (LED 'floaties' maybe? - although releasing them into the ocean would be littering)

Topic by Atomic Shrimp    |  last reply

How to make Finches - Love Bird Incubator

Hi, I have read many blogs on how to build our own small incubator for my finches or hen eggs. The problem is every blog, instructable, guide shows to put 25 watt bulb, but my question is.. Is there any possiblity to put some automatic thermostat which gets on when the temperature is lower then desired  temperature (eg. 102-103 degree fahrenheit) and the thermostat should shut down when the temperature is reached to desired temperature. Using bulb can not be effective in different climat condition and after a long run it becomes very hot inside the incubatore, plus it needs extra attention during the incubation period. I checked on net for this type of automatic thermostate but it is too costly and basically made to control for room temperature. Any guidance on low cost automatic temperature control where a user can set temperature for low temperature of appx 100-103 degree fahrenheit would be much appreciable. Thanks in Advance. Rohit

Topic by Rohit.Agrawal    |  last reply

Memorizing stuff easily

Memorizing Method This was originally going to be my first instructable but I figured it would be better off as a forum thingy. This is a method that can help you remember up to 10 items. I learned this from one of my teachers and find that it is quite effective. All you need for this is a brain, the names of 10 items, very little rhyming ability, and some imagination. Rhyming words that that you need to know... ONE rhymes with BUN TWO with TREE THREE with TREE FOUR with DOOR FIVE with HIVE SIX with STICKS SEVEN with HEAVEN EIGHT with GATE NINE with LINE TEN with HEN How do you apply these rhymes to remembering stuff you ask, here’s how. With an example... say the ten things you need to remember are, computer, a grenade, frog, cow, ninja, thumbtack, phone, cereal, Kansas, and CD. Computer is your #1 item and BUN rhymes with ONE, soooooo, picture a computer in a hamburger bun STOP! Visualize this image for a moment, and then move on. A grenade is your #2 item, TWO rhymes with SHOE so picture a grenade in a shoe STOP! Visualize this image for a moment, and then move on. THREE rhymes with TREE, so visualize a frog in a tree or a tree frog STOP! Visualize this image for a moment, and then move on. FOUR rhymes with DOOR, word #4 is cow, so picture a cow stuck in a door or something like that, STOP! Visualize this image for a moment, and then move on. FIVE rhymes with HIVE, like a bee hive, so visualize a ninja fighting bees or something. Okay, #5 is the last ex. I am going to explain, you should be able to figure out your own images for the rest.

Topic by wingman246    |  last reply

Looking for Help! 120v ac to control variable speed 90v DC motor Answered

I'm at best a novice when it come to electrical and circuits so if what I've put together is a total disaster maybe you can inform me on a better solution. I've taken a treadmill that was given to me and salvaged the motor control board along with the 90v DC motor the control screen on the treadmill was smashed so i didn't bother to keep it. After a few days of googling and YouTubeing I ordered a scr motor controller but it was only single phase 220v... we here in Canada run a double phase 120v.. so to the best of my ability I wired up the single phase with a rectifier also purchased online. As I would flip the switch the motor would come on full tilt at what I'm assuming would have been 160v DC..I decided to scrap that idea. So after more googling and youtubing I found a page where someone had cut parts out of an old circuit board and just used the main circuit that took ac power in and DC power out.. so I figured I'd give that a try... and of course that didn't work either hens why I'm here writing this now. so I thought to my self, well what if I take the main components like the transfomer (tested the transformer to 120v on primary and on the secondary i was reading 18v av onmy multimeter) to step my power down the bridge rectifier to convert to DC along with a capacitor to clean up the ripple and a potentiometer to control the voltage. I wired these items up roughly then pluged it into the wall and when I flipped the switch nothing caught on fire so I figured I'm off to a good start, but as I started to turn the dial on my pot nothing happened.. until it was turned to the very top that was. then the motor started to turn probably at about 14rmp now I plan on using this set up for a wood lather. Am I going about this like a total buffoon? any help would be greatly appreciated

Question by JamieGmoyer    |  last reply

Controlling a motor with a touch screen ?

So i am trying to control a motors speed using PWM (running through a transistor). I know how to make that happen but i am unsure how to use a touch screen to control the motor,  I have one of the test codes that is a touch pad 0-9 with enter and clear. I was wondering if there was a way that i can punch the number in push enter and have the motor run at that speed(starting with just 0-255) The touch screen is 3.2LCD TFT Touch Screen SD Reader;=item4168c41ead The code is // ITDB02_Touch_ButtonTest (C)2010 Henning Karlsen // web: // Modified to work with UTFT on Mega w/Arduino 1.0.1 (C)2012 Otmar Ebenhoech, // // This program is a quick demo of how create and use buttons. // // This program requires the ITDB02_Graph library (8bit mode) // or ITDB02_Graph16 (16bit mode). // // It is assumed that the ITDB02 module is connected to a // ITDB02 Shield, a ITDB02 Mega Shield or that you know how // to change the pin numbers in the setup. // #include #include // Declare which fonts we will be using extern uint8_t BigFont[]; // Uncomment the next line for Arduino 2009/Uno //UTFT myGLCD(ITDB32S,19,18,17,16);   // Remember to change the model parameter to suit your display module! //ITDB02_Touch  myTouch(15,10,14,9,8); // Uncomment the next line for Arduino Mega UTFT myGLCD(ITDB32S,38,39,40,41);   // Remember to change the model parameter to suit your display module! ITDB02_Touch  myTouch(6,5,4,3,2); //// //// ////   ////THIUS IS WHAT I ADDED ETK int motor = 9; ////    //// //// //// int x, y; char stCurrent[20]=""; int stCurrentLen=0; char stLast[20]=""; void setup() {//// //// //// //// tHIS IS WHAT I ADDED ETK pinMode (motor, OUTPUT); //// ////   ////    //// // Initial setup   myGLCD.InitLCD(LANDSCAPE);   myGLCD.clrScr();   myTouch.InitTouch(LANDSCAPE);   myTouch.setPrecision(PREC_MEDIUM);   myGLCD.setFont(BigFont);   myGLCD.setBackColor(0, 0, 255);   // Draw the upper row of buttons   for (x=0; x<5; x++)   {     myGLCD.setColor(0, 0, 255);     myGLCD.fillRoundRect (10+(x*60), 10, 60+(x*60), 60);     myGLCD.setColor(255, 255, 255);     myGLCD.drawRoundRect (10+(x*60), 10, 60+(x*60), 60);     myGLCD.printNumI(x+1, 27+(x*60), 27);   } // Draw the center row of buttons   for (x=0; x<5; x++)   {     myGLCD.setColor(0, 0, 255);     myGLCD.fillRoundRect (10+(x*60), 70, 60+(x*60), 120);     myGLCD.setColor(255, 255, 255);     myGLCD.drawRoundRect (10+(x*60), 70, 60+(x*60), 120);     if (x<4)       myGLCD.printNumI(x+6, 27+(x*60), 87);   }   myGLCD.print("0", 267, 87); // Draw the lower row of buttons   myGLCD.setColor(0, 0, 255);   myGLCD.fillRoundRect (10, 130, 150, 180);   myGLCD.setColor(255, 255, 255);   myGLCD.drawRoundRect (10, 130, 150, 180);   myGLCD.print("Clear", 40, 147);   myGLCD.setColor(0, 0, 255);   myGLCD.fillRoundRect (160, 130, 300, 180);   myGLCD.setColor(255, 255, 255);   myGLCD.drawRoundRect (160, 130, 300, 180);   myGLCD.print("Enter", 190, 147);   myGLCD.setBackColor (0, 0, 0); } void updateStr(int val) {   if (stCurrentLen<20)   {     stCurrent[stCurrentLen]=val;     stCurrent[stCurrentLen+1]='\0';     stCurrentLen++;     myGLCD.setColor(0, 255, 0);     myGLCD.print(stCurrent, LEFT, 224);   }   else   {     myGLCD.setColor(255, 0, 0);     myGLCD.print("BUFFER FULL!", CENTER, 192);     delay(500);     myGLCD.print("            ", CENTER, 192);     delay(500);     myGLCD.print("BUFFER FULL!", CENTER, 192);     delay(500);     myGLCD.print("            ", CENTER, 192);     myGLCD.setColor(0, 255, 0);   } } // Draw a red frame while a button is touched void waitForIt(int x1, int y1, int x2, int y2) {   myGLCD.setColor(255, 0, 0);   myGLCD.drawRoundRect (x1, y1, x2, y2);   while (myTouch.dataAvailable());   myGLCD.setColor(255, 255, 255);   myGLCD.drawRoundRect (x1, y1, x2, y2); } void loop() {   while (true)   {     if (myTouch.dataAvailable())     {;       x=myTouch.getX();       y=myTouch.getY();             if ((y>=10) && (y<=60))  // Upper row       {         if ((x>=10) && (x<=60))  // Button: 1         {           waitForIt(10, 10, 60, 60);           updateStr('1');         }         if ((x>=70) && (x<=120))  // Button: 2         {           waitForIt(70, 10, 120, 60);           updateStr('2');         }         if ((x>=130) && (x<=180))  // Button: 3         {           waitForIt(130, 10, 180, 60);           updateStr('3');         }         if ((x>=190) && (x<=240))  // Button: 4         {           waitForIt(190, 10, 240, 60);           updateStr('4');         }         if ((x>=250) && (x<=300))  // Button: 5         {           waitForIt(250, 10, 300, 60);           updateStr('5');         }       }       if ((y>=70) && (y<=120))  // Center row       {         if ((x>=10) && (x<=60))  // Button: 6         {           waitForIt(10, 70, 60, 120);           updateStr('6');         }         if ((x>=70) && (x<=120))  // Button: 7         {           waitForIt(70, 70, 120, 120);           updateStr('7');         }         if ((x>=130) && (x<=180))  // Button: 8         {           waitForIt(130, 70, 180, 120);           updateStr('8');         }         if ((x>=190) && (x<=240))  // Button: 9         {           waitForIt(190, 70, 240, 120);           updateStr('9');         }         if ((x>=250) && (x<=300))  // Button: 0         {           waitForIt(250, 70, 300, 120);           updateStr('0');         }       }       if ((y>=130) && (y<=180))  // Upper row       {         if ((x>=10) && (x<=150))  // Button: Clear         {           waitForIt(10, 130, 150, 180);           stCurrent[0]='\0';           stCurrentLen=0;           myGLCD.setColor(0, 0, 0);           myGLCD.fillRect(0, 224, 319, 239);         }         if ((x>=160) && (x<=300))  // Button: Enter         {           waitForIt(160, 130, 300, 180);           if (stCurrentLen>0)           {          for (x=0; x             {               stLast[x]=stCurrent[x];             }             stCurrent[0]='\0';             stCurrentLen=0;             myGLCD.setColor(0, 0, 0);             myGLCD.fillRect(0, 208, 319, 239);             myGLCD.setColor(0, 255, 0);             myGLCD.print(stLast, LEFT, 208);             ////             ////              ////             ////THIS IS WAHT I ADDED ETK             analogWrite(motor,stLast);             ////             ////              ////             ////           }           else           {             myGLCD.setColor(255, 0, 0);             myGLCD.print("BUFFER EMPTY", CENTER, 192);             delay(500);             myGLCD.print("            ", CENTER, 192);             delay(500);             myGLCD.print("BUFFER EMPTY", CENTER, 192);             delay(500);             myGLCD.print("            ", CENTER, 192);             myGLCD.setColor(0, 255, 0);           }         }       }     }   } } The stuff i added has these //// on top and bottom with a comment "THIS WAS ADDED  ETK" the part that dont work is "analogWrite(motor,stLast);" and stLast is a char so it give me char to int error. And as you can tell i am no good at this so anything that can point me in the right direction would be greatly appreciated ETK

Question by etkoehn