The Automatic Chicken Coop Heater is actually pretty simple:

Essentially 2 lights (1 halogen and 1 florescent bulb) triggered on an off by temperatures. There are 2 different chicken heater systems:

  1. Coop Interior: to heat the interior of the coop
  2. Coop Exterior: to keep the exterior water pipe from freezing/cracking.

Interior Coop Heater

Encased in a concrete block positioned near the water fount
A small concrete block with a single light socket (with a halogen bulb) mounted to a bottom brick cap and the is capped with another concrete cap. (actually I’ve replaced the concrete cap (pictured) with a section of thinner tile. Now the heat is distributed quicker. It is wired to the Arduino via the same temperature sensor, which triggers the relay (on/off) in the outlet installed in the EPPNOC (El Pollo Palace Network Operations Center). The heater outlet is triggered on when the temp goes below 40 degrees F and off at any temperature above that.

The Chicken Coop Interior Heater Images

Exterior Coop Heater

Located under the ladder, I installed a simple 2′ florescent work light, which when triggered turns on and throws just enough heat above the pvc water pipe with nipples, to prevent freezing. It is wired to the Arduino via the same temperature sensor, which triggers the relay (on/off) in the outlet installed in the EPPNOC. The heater outlet is triggered on when the temp goes below 40 degrees F and off at any temperature above that.

The Chicken Coop Exterior Heater Images

(to prevent freezing of the water system)

Automatic Chicken Coop Heater Parts

Masonry Block:

Automatic Chicken Coop Heater via Arduino

Automatic Chicken Coop Heater via Arduino

1) 6″ Block
2) Solid 6″ Caps
(found at any builder’s supply)

 

Arduino Compatible Mega 2560 Atmega2560 Mega2560 R3 Board + USB Cable

 

Single-Channel 12V 30A Relay Module
Waterproof Digital Thermal Probe Sensor DS18B20

 

Zip Cord Lamp Wire
Leviton 9875 Porcelain Outlet Box Mount

 

CableWholesales RG6 Cable Clip, Black
Cooper Add-A-Tap, Male Plug, 10amp, Brown

 

4′ Shoplight (for exterior heating of pvc pipes)
SYLVANIA Capsylite Halogen Lamp

 

Code for Automatic Chicken Coop Heater

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David Naves

David Naves

I’m hoping that if you use or modify my code or ideas, you will share *your* coop project with me and the world (pictures, whatever) I’m big on sharing.
Cheers,
//D
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