Let's talk solar power

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by greyfields, Aug 29, 2007.

  1. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    I have searched the archives for people using solar powered lights in their hen house. My coops range the pasture, so I would like to avoid dragging an extension cord hundreds of feet every week to the new location.

    Who has managed to rig a simple solar powered panel, battery, timer and light into their hen house? Is their an off-the-shelf product I can just goggle and buy, or is this going to be extreme electrical DIY?

    It's getting to the time of year where we all need to be thinking about supplemental lighting for our layers.
     
  2. homecatmom

    homecatmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had not thought of solar for the hens, but I have solar lights all over my yards. The gardener kept breaking my wires with his weed eater. I will take one in the coop this evening and see how much light it gives in an enclosed space. My coop is 4x4x6tall. I'll let you know tomorrow.
     
  3. Newchickenmom&kids

    Newchickenmom&kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    I had read those articles (thanks for linking them) but stopped reading at this point:

    We purchased our components new at retail for about $760, and some were oversized for the immediate need.

    I could buy a heifer calf for that much dosh.
     
  5. Newchickenmom&kids

    Newchickenmom&kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL...This is true! There are a lot of really resourceful people out there who have made solar "things" out of recycled items....Many resourceful people on BYC! Hopefully we'll hear from them!!
     
  6. TundraChick

    TundraChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    greyfields

    Your website is wonderful. I soooo wish i could do that! even just for family food
     
  7. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    Thank you for the compliment. My wife does graphic design, art and websites.... unfortunately ours always comes last, so I hacked together most of the Greyfields site. :| Not our best effort.

    But, yes, we eat very very well now. Essentially, my customers pay for my wife and I to eat our own grown food now, which cuts way back on the Costco bills!! If you ever think about doing sales, feel free to contact me regarding egg and meat chicken sales. The laws do vary state by state, but I found my chicken interest has developed into a decent little business which pays for the hobby. [​IMG]
     

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