Solar lighting

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by AMBene, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. AMBene

    AMBene Out Of The Brooder

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    Has anyone used solar lighting in the hen house to extend days? Was thinking it might be worth a try next winter.
     
  2. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    My husband & I talked about trying this just haven't done it. It would be nice not having to run an extension cord all winter!! [​IMG]
     
  3. AMBene

    AMBene Out Of The Brooder

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    My thoughts exactly! So... I think I am gonna research the idea and I'll let you know what I come up with.
     
  4. jktrahan

    jktrahan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it's working for me. I have a really small coop, but both of my bantam cochin are laying with the help of a single solar yard lantern at the top of the coop.

    http://themtrahans.com/wordpress/?p=520
     
  5. AMBene

    AMBene Out Of The Brooder

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    Wonderful! I just like the idea of solar, more economical and somewhat more ecological (if you don't count the manufacturing).
     
  6. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    I have thought of this too, no electricity near by.

    Last year, my egg production was pretty steady all through the winter, but my hens were less than a year old, started laying in October and just chugged along, this year, they started the molt going into the fall, we were hit with fairly consistent long term cold weather, and the pullets were not old enough to start laying. Egg production plumetted. One or 2 eggs a day from 4 laying hens.

    My pullets just started laying today [​IMG] And it is a bit warmer than it has been, and we had some sunshiny days. I guess I am wondering if this is the first or second year for your hens. Did you have a drop in production, that changed with the lights?

    MrsK
     
  7. AMBene

    AMBene Out Of The Brooder

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    My hens are just 6 months old and just started laying. I live in South Lousiana. 6 of my 7 are laying and I am getting 4-6 eggs a day with no supplemental lighting. I was thinking that in the fall, I would do some solar lighting if my egg production drops off. I have no outlet near the run/coop. I would have to run an long extendion cord, and just really have problems with that idea, so solar seems to be the answer. I want to look for one with a timer so that they do get some night time.

    Also in about a month, I will be starting quail and am condsidering the same for them.
     
  8. abhaya

    abhaya Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dont light my coop. if they are gonna lay great but I think mother nature has there best intrest at heart by letting them slow down in the winter.
     
  9. AMBene

    AMBene Out Of The Brooder

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    That's true too! Thanks for giving me something else to consider. [​IMG]
     
  10. MrsPinkKitty

    MrsPinkKitty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my coops and barn are powerd by a homemade wind turbine that my hubby built. he used golf cart batterys as the battery bank
     

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