Mark Loiacano – The Electronic High-Tech Chicken Coop

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edited November 2020 in Home Grown Food Summit 2020

imageMark Loiacano – The Electronic High-Tech Chicken Coop

Mark Loiacano

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  • Karen
    Karen Posts: 14 ✭✭✭

    Great ideas and use of imagination. Good use of what you have.

  • kchiarini
    kchiarini Posts: 66 ✭✭✭

    Hi! This was such a great presentation. Unfortunately, it isn't a topic I can put into practice as I live in heavy-populated Brooklyn, NY. But I certainly can appreciate Mark's level of innovation in building what would work best for his chickens. And it was very clear how much he loved them! Loved the sliding door! If I ever decide to get out of this city to a more humane, less dense area, I will have a few chickens, and Mark would be my go-to person. Thanks, Mark, my fellow paisano! Marjory, you find the best people in the know! Thanks for putting this together for people of all gardening levels...I'm a newbie, and wanna-be gardener, as I shared in yesterday's live interview with Katrina, but I am certain with your roster of pros, I'll get there!

  • Linda Bittle
    Linda Bittle Posts: 1,500 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I don't even have chickens, but this was interesting. Love the automatic door closer!

  • Patrick
    Patrick Posts: 45 ✭✭✭

    Neat coop.

    Those feeders are genius. I'm going to build some for my chickens tomorrow!

    Doc Jones

  • Molly
    Molly Posts: 20

    Very cool. I definitely want to rig up an automatic door for the coop when I get my chickens. Love the egg-gathering door too.

  • Sandy Forest
    Sandy Forest Posts: 28 ✭✭✭

    Thanks so much for sharing your innovations and insights! What I especially appreciate is the way you demonstrated that in addition to arriving at the idea to homestead on your new property, and doing what looked like some good research, you recognized that, as it is going to be for a large continent like ours and all the other folks around the world who are taking on their own food supply and the stewardship of their little corner of the planet, your situation might be different than anyone else is reporting, and homesteading is generally one big life experiment pretty much every time the sun rises. I am curious about what questions you ask yourself when you are thinking out how you want to create some device or structure whether on the homestead or in your work as a carpenter? I would love it if you and your wife Ruth would check in from time to time about your progress through adding to your flock and adding other livestock and improvements to your property.

  • Taniko
    Taniko Posts: 7

    Got some great ideas here, and will put some of them into practice as I can. I've three roosters (one has to GO) and 11 hens, spread into two coops. I am getting more in June. Probably won't do the automatic door, but I do like the feeders system and that Sweet PFZ dropping cleanser a LOT. Cameras are for the future... I do have battery operated weather and intercom stations but unfortunately they eat batteries as snacks. (NOT the chickens, just battery lifetime.)

  • Taniko
    Taniko Posts: 7

    PS, my coops are about 300 feet away, as well. Land logistics...

  • llvonn
    llvonn Posts: 18 ✭✭✭

    I have an automated door. I got it as I am not a morning person, and wanted to make sure my rooster stayed enclosed (and quieter) until a reasonable hour. Had a few issues with the timing. However when the door opened it was hilarious. As soon as a gap appeared in the door they all rushed to get out despite the fact that all they could do was get their necks out.

    In the end however, the rooster was an aggressive jerk so he end up in the freezer. (He was the size of a turkey).)

  • silvertipgrizz
    silvertipgrizz Posts: 1,990 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I enjoyed this presentation and would like to understand battery pack back ups more. AS well as solar panels. The ingenuity demonstrated in the 'antenna door opener' suggests the brains behind a potential multifaceted creator of many useful inventions worthy of patents. Maybe by the next summit he will have put the entire coop on remote control runners so he and Ruth would not have to walk so far to check on the sweet chickens...