Eggs-Iting, the hen house connected with a Raspberry Pi 3

today ‘ today, close to 75% of hens do not see the light of day and have a space equivalent to an A4 sheet for live.
In 2012, the Europe has expanded this surface adding the equivalent of two metro tickets.
The hen or the breeder there have won: only the cages sellers took advantage of this new regulation.

the egg industry turned on its head

the breeding conditions are so delusional that associations think even more an alternative to this mode of consumption but offer no longer consume eggs .

iting Eggs proposes to change the system to enter a virtuous circle in .

the henhouse connected Eggs iting in detail

installation and customization of the henhouse eggs-iting is favored by a modular bricks in solid wood based design machined.
Shaped from local species whose production respects PEFC standards (sustainable management of the forest ) , the bricks are also offered for sale individually (for improvement or replacement of damaged items).

all the elements of eggs-iting are compatible and connectable, giving users many possibilities for customization and improvement.

the connected henhouse is self-powered by solar recharging GEL/AGM batteries while optimizing the battery capacity and the charge cycles. Consumption is controlled by the use of a card SBC (Solar Battery Charger) industrial quality and good performance.

the hen house is equipped with several sensors: light, humidity, temperature, presence of the animal, of grain, water, a camera to identify the eggs in nests… As well as a mechanism to open and close the door to the chicken coop in an automatic way.
All of these technologies have been reflected in order to not not affect chickens in any way whatsoever.

the various sensors allow to recover a number of data, which, once processed by servers eggs-iting , informs the breeder, to provide recommendations and to accompany him on my eco-responsible approach to (re) ownership of its consumption.
This also allows to add a playful layer to challenge themselves with family or a company. All these information are available on a web and mobile platform.

the opening of the API will allow developers to create games and applications for the community.
The goal is to reintroduce barns in private homes but also in companies with green areas whose maintenance is often a problem, as well as in schools in order to reduce the volume of waste and to allow learning of environmentally responsible actions.

what is the content of the dashboard?

the dashboard ( dashboard) is designed for ease of use ( navigation, colors, compatible with mobiles…) ).

on this first version as soon as you connect to your dashboard, you will find a summary that shows the number of eggs in nests, the level of seed, water level and temperature.

below you find two columns, one on the left contains the last chronological events ( called: the timeline ). Its design reminds one used by many social networks to which a lot of people are now accustomed. On the right, you will find statistics, any recipes or any other widget that you want to display. Everything is configurable to meet the expectations of the user.

there is also a page dedicated to your chicken coop. It contains some statistics on spawning, food, water, temperature, moisture and brightness for example. You can also find the list of girlfriends ( it’s like this that are called hens ) who live in this henhouse, her photo album and its parameters (location, model, name, connectivity,…).

same each girlfriends has my personal page with data relating to its spawning, my health, photos and additional data record, such as the number and the color of the ring, my name, etc

an app store should emerge, allowing to better manage your chicken coop and fun through games for the whole family.

the Raspberry Pi 3

as you may have seen him on one of the pictures above, the Coop is actually ‘animated’ by a Raspberry Pi 3. Energy autonomy is ensured thanks to a solar panel, a charger and a battery gel.

autonomy in terms of communication is also insured (SIGFOX |) (LORA): no need for wifi, wired Ethernet or mobile plan / data.

the choice of Raspi 3 stems from several reasons:

it is easy to find, the sources are reliable and stable, the evolving software layer, it is easy to feed (5V, USB), it has 4 USB ports ( to connect webcams cheap ), WiFi and Bluetooth are integrated.

the Raspberry Pi 3 driver and operates several sensors and actuators, more or less directly:

  • 2 USB cameras

  • 2 RFID readers

  • 2 light sources

  • 1 motor for the door

  • 2 end of race to the door

  • 1 temperature/humidity/light sensor

  • 1 control circuit of the battery (voltage/current/temperature)

  • 1 sensor of water level

  • 1 sensor level of seeds

given the number of devices to fly, some tasks are delegated to the ‘small’ Arduino (type nano/micro).

side software, the RasPi turns, under nodeJS, an app of fully-coded JS, image processing which is in charge of counting the number of eggs present in the nests, once a hen leaves the nest. ( more information here )

the hens are detected by the nests with a RFID 125 ring whose ID is read by a reader placed under the floor of the nest.

the project is currently in prototype phase, and a functional (and marketable) version of the chicken coop is expected by the spring of 2017.

in developments still in progress include the door, for example, is only in the concept stage ( a first version should see the day soon ).


from left to right: Nicolas, Florian, Benjamin and Arnaud

if many projects try to connect a henhouse, we seek from our side to create a connected chicken coop: what causes some additional constraints: our chicken coop must be mounted/assembled without tools or special skills, he should be able to be transported easily.»

I already told you of the project PoulaGeek my friend Jean-Pierre (below).» It is the automation of an existing barn and not the creation from scratch of a chicken coop as Eggs-iting .

I speak at my lectures ( I called it the poulatique ) and each time I have many requests for description, sale date… Connected barns are hen Stern.
Eggs-iting surfing this wave (see this page of the Ademe or download the PDF ) by offering a whole well designed, integré, modular and with a user-friendly interface.
The price of a chicken coop classic 4-6 chickens in trade is between €350 and €900. The expected price of Eggs-iting is within that range and will be between 650 and 700. It has rather the product to companies or wealthy families. I think that it won’t “democratize” the connected henhouse. One can also consider sharing solutions that répartiraient investment between several families…
The other thing that annoys my hens in this concept ( they are members of the April = A ssociation of P where R ecalcitrantes to the I information L ointaine ) is the use of an external system for the processing of the data. I embarrassed them in the sense that these data are ‘their’ data and that bothers them to see them walking on the ‘cloud ‘. After will know how data on their passages in the hen house, the number of eggs laid will be exploited ( you did not pull? ok-online chicken in the pot! []) ). they are also asking the question of the sustainability of the system…

thanks to the friendly team amiénoise of Eggs-iting for its responsiveness to my questions 🙂

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