Make a hamster feeder with Raspberry Pi Zero

People make marvellous things for their pets with Raspberry Pi. Here’s a splendid hamster feeder tutorial from Christopher Barnatt of Explaining Computers, just perfect if you’re after a small project for this weekend.

All you need to build your hamster feeder is a Raspberry Pi Zero and peripherals, a couple of servos, some plasticard, sellotape and liquid polyadhesive, and some jumper wires. The video takes you very clearly through the entire set-up, from measurements to wiring details to Python code (which is available to download). As Christopher explains, this will allow you to feed your hamster controlled portions of food at suitable intervals, so that it doesn’t eat the lot in one go and, consequently, explode. What’s not to love?

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Lars avatar

I wonder if this also works for kavia :)

Neil avatar

Were any hamsters harmed in the making of this product?

Neil Stewart avatar

Christopher Barnatt’s Explaining Computers has been one of my goto sites for everything SBC. A true treasure trove of useful and understandable information.

He breaks everything down in a way that makes me think of what I can do next.

Cheers Chris

Neil from New Jersey

Andrew avatar

He’s a great communicator. I think the foundation should commission him to produce a series of Raspberry Pi video tutorials.

CalleB avatar

So where can I find the python code for the feeder as promised in the introduction

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