Going solar

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by cward, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. cward

    cward Out Of The Brooder

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    Has anyone thought of using solar panels to power any electrical components for the coops? I recently bought a small solar panel that charges a 12V battery but I'm switching somethings on it to power a box fan during the hot months and going to use it to power my heat lamps during the winter. During the summer I can hook it straight to the fan but during the winter since I'll use the lights at night, I'll have a 12V battery hooked to the panel and then run the lights off of the battery at night. Anyone else tried anything like this?
     
  2. GardenGal

    GardenGal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds really interesting. Haven't tried it, hope you post updates. You might look on the sister site, sufficientself.com And welcome!
     
  3. wava1vaughn

    wava1vaughn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi from Ga.

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    Sounds like you have a plan. I like the idea. [​IMG]
     
  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    going to use it to power my heat lamps during the winter

    It will take multiple deep cycle batteries and an inverter to run heat lamps.

    You'll end up spending hundreds of dollars to find out it's not a good idea​
     
  5. woodenart

    woodenart Out Of The Brooder

    I have a solar panel that trickle charges a car battery that powers up a motion sensor to turn on a small light, not a powerful light but enough to startle a would be intruder.

    Mark
     
  6. cward

    cward Out Of The Brooder

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    So far I have a 12v trickle charger but my brother-in-law builds solar panels. Within the next couple of days, hopefully we'll have something worked out and I'll post some pics. I also have a couple of inverters that I've got from ebay. Between him and myself, we have what we need, its just getting it together. And thanks for the welcomes [​IMG] .....Chris
     
  7. GardenGal

    GardenGal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does your brother in law sell his solar panels online? I'd be curious to see them [​IMG]
     
  8. JusticeFamilyFarm

    JusticeFamilyFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We don't have anything that good, but we have solar powered motion lights for outside and our automatic coop door will be solar powered... once we have the finished coop to put the door on. [​IMG]
     
  9. cward

    cward Out Of The Brooder

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    @GardenGal - No not yet. He's putting in a big order for some next week, after that I think he'll start selling them on ebay.

    @JusticeFamilyFarm - I'm also thinking of putting up some motion detectors. We have quite alot of chicken predators around here, especially owls and foxes.
     
  10. JusticeFamilyFarm

    JusticeFamilyFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, around here we have possible coyotes (although one hasn't been seen in a long time... thankfully) but they don't like light, which is why we thought of the motion sensor lights. Maybe they'll help with night time predators who do best in the dark? We have a dog who would scare them away... if he could be near the chickens and goats. Unfortunately he doesn't only scare the coyotes... it works on the goats and chickens too. He's not the most livestick friendly. [​IMG]
     

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