Solar Powering Chicken coop.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Rich Marshall, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. Rich Marshall

    Rich Marshall Out Of The Brooder

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    I am building a chicken tractor and would like it to be self sufficient, I am trying to gain inforrmation re solar powering the coop, I guess it would just need to power a light or two and a water heater.
    Any suggestions and pics welcome.
     
  2. jnswright

    jnswright Out Of The Brooder

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    There is some really good info on solar powering a coop in some recent threads...
    You might try a search to find them...
     
  3. TDM

    TDM Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Yes, my mobile hen houses are provided light ( two 10 watt CFLs) via two 12 volt marine batteries that are charged by five 15 watt amorphous solar panels. Also power a one joule fence energizer. However, I can't get enough sunlight to top off the batteries when running this combination here in the Michigan UP, and therefore use a generator and battery charger every so often.
     
  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    It's not worth the cost to try and run any type of heater with just solar power.

    Just running lights will set you back over $100
     
  5. mochicken

    mochicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2011
    NW Missouri
    If you just wanted lights you could buy the solar walkway type lights for about $3 each and take the panel off, extend the wires, mount the solar light in the coop and the solar panel part on the roof of the coop
     

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