Well the short days and lack of sun has forced me into action. We received our Harbor Freight solar panels and Saturday we got them installed and running. I only added a small lawn mower battery to the kit. Hopefully it will help the chickens think there is still light and help to keep their egg laying steady. Only time will tell now.
We are on an adventure learning the ropes of starting a small farm, being self-sufficient and living in a 100 percent off-the-grid solar powered home. We'll share the ups and downs of raising chickens, pigs, growing a garden, and life in general, all with a twist of humor thrown in for good measure.
I have a silly question. Do all chickens have to have light to lay or is it just WV chickens.
Actually you don’t have to have lights. It has to do with their laying and the daylight hours that keeps them laying regular. If you would have a few days of heavy clouds their laying would slow down.
Rock on Sonny. All great stuff and I love what you guys are doing.
I sent a link to your site to my dad and he thought it was super as well. And believe me, he doesn’t say things like that unless it is true.
Hope all is well,
Thanks Rich. We even plan to make a hog pen in the back 40 this spring. Plan to go to the auction and get 2 small ones and fatten them up on organic corn. No GM corn for us if we can help it. They should be about 200 pounds by November.
i have timer on my lights
they come on at 6 am till 8 am
then back on at 4pm till 10 pm
chickens think it summer legnth of day
i use 2 60 watt bulbs[flouresent equivelent]
i can tell when 1 burns out
the egg production goes down