THE AUTOMATIC CHICKEN COOP

Build a henhouse motion detector that notifies you when your brood arrives safely in their coop each night.

BY ALAN GRAHAM

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Photography by Alan Graham

Growing up on a farm, there were many unpleasant tasks. Summers were filled with backbreaking labor, not to mention the daily chores of milking 80 or so cows and collecting the eggs and feeding the chickens.

I now live in the city of Portland, Ore., and I’ve come to miss those farm days of 20 years ago. When I decided to get a couple of chickens, I was adamant that the work involved wouldn’t seem like work. Gone are the days where I’d wake before dawn to get to the barn ...

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