My chickens house was using too much electricity so over time I developed a plan to make a "Green" chicken coop with a minimal carbon footprint. The first thing I did was put a 400 watt solar panel on the roof that charges a battery in the afternoons. This battery then goes through an invertor and provides most of the light I need for the chickens. The next thing I did was buy a solar ventilation fan at Costco that moves the air around and keeps it cool for the birds. Finally I plumbed in a an old 55 gallon barrel that I put all the poop in. The poop creates methane that goes through a propane pilot light and burns off, thereby decreasing the amount of methane, a know greenhouse gas, from going into the air. Finally I replaced all the normal bulbs in the coup with compact flourescent bulbs. The chickens seem ok with it and continue to lay a good amount of eggs, reducing the carbon trail required to deliver eggs to my fridge. Nex week I plan to, Oh nevermind.