Coop about to go off grid

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by karanleaf, Jul 13, 2008.

  1. karanleaf

    karanleaf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2008
    Glenwood, Missouri
    My DH has been working his tail feathers off... [​IMG]
    In between making raised beds & filling them with our composed soil.
    He put the solar panel up on the chicken coop. [​IMG]
    Take a look.....

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    just has to get it wired to inverter & battery and both chickens & ducks will be solar powered [​IMG]

    [​IMG] I'm so proud of him [​IMG]
     
  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Cool [​IMG]
     
  3. New2Peeps

    New2Peeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What a cool idea!!!!
     
  4. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    What is the wattage of that panel and what will it run?
     
  5. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    It will be great if it can just run a light and a fan, thats all you need really.




    A/C and heat would be nice though...
     
  6. suburban farm girl

    suburban farm girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What a great idea!

    I just told my DH about it, and he is thoroughly intrigued. (And I'm LOL cuz 2 days ago, when he declared the coop as done as it was going to get, and that he was so tired of working on the project that he didn't even care that the chicken door - the one that secures them in at night - wasn't square - this after spending soooo much time in the beginning with his level making sure everything was just right - but dangle an innovative idea at him and he's interested in getting back out to the coop with more tools [​IMG] He won't admit it, but he has become totally chicken obsessed. If I haven't seen him for awhile, I know I can find him hanging out in the run with the chicks.)

    Thank you for sharing!
     
  7. karanleaf

    karanleaf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2008
    Glenwood, Missouri
    [​IMG] Thanks everyone I think it's really cool too [​IMG]
    It will diffently run a fan he tested on a fan before setting it up boy it really had that fan a humming..[​IMG]

    He is planning to run lights for both duck shed and chicken coop and fan to circulate air for both. We have had our barn with a simlair setup off grid for 4 years now. It has a tracking system on it to follow the sun to get the highest possable charge. Runs lights for tack room, lower storage, stall area, and loft. Of course we are using CFL lights in all..

    He is hoping to get his Wind Generator up soon to power our wood furance blower plus a few lights.. Just have to see how it goes....

    As I said I am Very Proud of him [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  8. ams3651

    ams3651 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    awesome, care to share where you found it?
     
  9. karanleaf

    karanleaf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2008
    Glenwood, Missouri
    [​IMG] Sure DH will have to tell you all how, what & where . I'm just the Oww AAH WOW person he's the Tech of this coop. But he reused old satalite dish brackets & he has made some of his own solar panels.. I will ask him to post some of his info.. will be most likely later this evening though... Gota go get new cell phones... my screen is blank.. so if I don't remember the number I can't call them....
     
  10. Timmo

    Timmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cool! I love alternative power.

    But, why are you getting an inverter? Use a DC light and fan and save a few bucks. [​IMG]
     

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