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let there be light

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kansas_twister, May 15, 2007.

  1. kansas_twister

    kansas_twister Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 23, 2007
    s.w. kansas
    ok my coop is still not built.....laying foundation tomorrow,[​IMG] ...dh been saying that for 3 days now....got the floor peace ready to go when dried...my whole coop will be made enterly of recyled stuff....wood from pallets.....tin from the roof of a old barn.....chaine link fencing from a high school that was being torn down....still haven't found any windows yet ...but here's my question....and wondering if any one has done it here, i have a solar power fence charger and instead of digging up the yard and laying down wire is there any way of rigging it up to the lighting system in the coop, that way the light in there came be solar power instead of running it off the house power
  2. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    San Marcos, TX
    My understanding from previous posts is that a solar powered fence charger does not produce enough electricity to run the lights in a coop. For sure it would not be able to support a heat lamp.

    However, I saw a plan for a homemade solar panel that was running a coop, but will have to research some more to find the link.

    Here is the link https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=5429 It was actually about solar heat, but I believe the concept is the same.
  3. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Check out the lastest issue of Mother Earth New's. It had a whole section on solar power. It may be just what you need. Should be able to pull it up online.

  4. webdawg

    webdawg Out Of The Brooder

    May 4, 2007
    Kingman, Az
    OK......................I have to ask..what is a DH?
  5. K8tieCat

    K8tieCat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    Northern California
    dh = dear husband.
  6. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    or depending on how much trouble he's in now

    DH=darn husband
  7. kansas_twister

    kansas_twister Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 23, 2007
    s.w. kansas
    lol coyote.....it went from darn husband to dear husband for the time being:D[​IMG][​IMG] and and i'll looking in to mother earth for the solar power question, thought the solar power fence charger would of been a good idea but when turning on ours for our horses yesterday i realized that it pulses out every 3 seconds....that would myake my coop look like a disco....sorry i don't want to live the 70's again...lol . even though it's a 10 mile fence charger, once again my whole coop is made of 100 percent recyled materials.......if i could i would fingure out how to do it buy wind power, as for heat allen that idea is excellant and will building one in the fall for the coop

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