Archive for June, 2009
I have taken the playhouse off the grid. This weekend I installed a series of 15W PV Panels. The panels feed 60W into a 7amp charge controller which at this time charges a 55AH deep cycle battery which allows a 110v 200watt inverter to pull power from it.
Currently I am using this to power on the coop lights at night to lure the chickens into the coop. I’ll also wire up a switch in the playhouse for the kids to turn on/off the lights, a fan to exhaust some of the heat in the playhouse and a series of garden lights.
On mothers day I picked up 4 baby chicks for Sara as a gift. We raised them in the office in a old pack and play from craigslist. We recently left for a week trip to Sonoma. When we came back the chicks became chickens and one a Rooster. Since we cannot keep a rooster in Portland, we sent him off to a Feed Store off of Foster.
I finished up the coop that day. So now the nasty beasts are outside and the office is reclaimed from the livestock.