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Solar Chicken Coop and Playhouse

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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.

60W from the sun feeding a 55AH battery

60W from the sun feeding a 55AH battery

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.

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June 29th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

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Portland Chicken Coop Complete

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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.

PDX Backyard Chicken Coop

PDX Backyard Chicken Coop

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June 24th, 2009 at 6:52 pm