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October 30, 2014 AT 11:25 am

Chicken-carved Jack-O-Lantern with NeoPixels #ElectronicHalloween

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Thanks to Traci for sending in the unusual project- A Jack-O-Lantern carved by chickens! Read more over at Andicelabs.

Every year, the kids and I (Traci) carve a pumpkin for our front porch. We’ve been doing this since they were toddlers. They’re older now, and their enthusiasm has waned quite significantly these past couple of years. In fact, they really had no interest in keeping up with tradition AT ALL this October. So, I found a way completely by accident to still have a cool jack-o-lantern on our porch without having to coerce anyone into joining me! Last year after carving our pumpkin, the chickens got out of their pen and found their way onto the porch. I didn’t notice what was happening until it was too late. They had pecked my pumpkin apart! At first I was annoyed, but then saw that what they made was MUCH more creepy than the face we carved. Think “Scream”.

So, that gave me the idea of letting the CHICKENS carve our pumpkins from now on! Want YOUR feathered artists to create you a masterpiece? Here’s a step-by-step guide for your very own!

Read more.

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Featured Adafruit Product!

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NeoPixel Stick – 8 x WS2812 5050 RGB LED with Integrated Drivers: Make your own little LED strip arrangement with this stick of NeoPixel LEDs. We crammed 8 of the tiny 5050 (5mm x 5mm) smart RGB LEDs onto a PCB with mounting holes and a chainable design. Use only one microcontroller pin to control as many as you can chain together! Each LED is addressable as the driver chip is inside the LED. Each one has ~18mA constant current drive so the color will be very consistent even if the voltage varies, and no external choke resistors are required making the design slim. Power the whole thing with 5VDC (4-7V works) and you’re ready to rock. Read more.


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