posted on Feb, 24 2013 @ 12:13 AM
I'm helping a buddy gear up for solar. Oddly enough it is from his chicken operation.
Here in Texas, snakes, skunks, foxes, coyotes and racoons all compete to eat the chickens. So we've rigged up a hot-wire along the top of the fence
where the chickens run in the daytime, as well as another wire about 3 inches off the ground along the base of the outer perimeter of the chicken run.
Racoons climb over, but badgers, foxes and coyotes will dig under.
To make matters worse, Buddy has decided that the hens are not laying because they are only getting 10 & 1/2 hours of sunlight. They need 14 hours to
produce any volume. Easily remedied; just run a circuit out to the hen house, and flip the light on when you sit down to breakfast, and turn it off
when you put your feet up after supper.
But he's using a chicken tractor, a portable hen-house on wheels that he moves every two weeks. The chickens can eat bugs they find in the pasture
(their true food source, more than grains) and fertilize it. Of course, four weeks into it, the tractor is making progress across the pasture, and an
extension cord won't reach.
So now he has a battery for the bottom wire, a battery for the top wire, and a panel to run the lights (plus a small vent fan!) set up inside the
"attic" of the chicken tractor.
Installing the frames for panels on the chicken hutch started a conversation about how he'd like to run pigs behind his corn crop, with a similar
system. Then we started talking about a solar powered CCTV perimeter.....
I'll share y'alls thoughts with him from this thread. Thanks.