Everyday Dose Of Reality
Recently I talked with Peggy about the Cluckettes and again she mentioned they probably need a few more hours of light. On average, laying hens need 12 hours of light a day. What does one do about the fall and winter months when daylight is on the low side? Most people have a plug in lamp that is hung in the coop for a few hours a day. The down side to that is the amount of electricity those suckers draw is ridiculously obscene. This got me to thinking, I’m married to Macgyver and I know he has something in one of his rooms of stuff and projects that would solve my issue.
We have daylight right now for about 10 hours out of the day but soon it will only be 8 hours out of the day. I had to come up with something that would make up those 4 missing hours. In our front yard we have solar coach lights lining our sidewalks. They flicker like old time gas lamps, but that was the way there were designed to look. In our backyard and out on our trail system, we have tall post solar lamps. These allow us to walk the trails at night, well on wolf and bear free nights that is. About 3 weeks ago Macgyver whipped out something new. Over the back garage door and the chicken coop door he mounted a solar spot light. I have been out in Hotel Nestington at night with the Cluckettes and Mickey, the spot light is pretty strong. I also know the other solar lights around the yard stay lit until around 3:30 to 4 am.
Hotel Nestington aka the coop is a posh place. It even has a skylight that opens in the warmer months. I had Macgyver spare two solar spotlights and we mounted them around the skylight yesterday. He was able to angle them at the nesting boxes and turn the solar panel attached to them to get optimal sunlight for charging. Soon the Cluckette’s should be like slot machines shooting out eggs.