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Poultry houses – Solar powered chicken houses are not viable with
current technology. Solar panels can easily resolve all lighting
requirements but when it comes to heating and cooling chicken
houses – solar panels do not have the power. The cost of the solar
blinds or solar panels is the small part of the outlay – storage of
energy is the biggest cost in setting up a solar poultry house.
Other technologies such as pool solar panels and solar blinds are
easily convertible to the chicken farming requirements.
Chicken houses in China mostly rely on gas and electricity for
their power requirements – coal is another cheap power source that
is used in heating chicken houses. Heatcos are used for providing
heat through a plastic tube that runs the length of the poultry
The other big power drain in a commercial chicken house (large
poultry houses) is the motors that drive the automatic feeding
systems – these require a fair amount of energy to move poultry
feed from the silo to the chicken house and then to move the food
through troughs using a chain feeding system through the house (or
through pipes fro the pan feeding system).
Poultry equipment such as nest boxes, layer cages, tube feeders,
bell drinkers are all static and do not require power. The poultry
drinking systems work on gravity – although if the water comes from
a borehole a solar pump will be needed to get the groundwater. The
automatic feeding systems for chickens and the heating system and
cooling system present the biggest challenge.
Small chicken houses in rural areas have the biggest challenge and
would be the biggest winner if solar power, solar panels could
provide power for solar powered, chicken houses. Poultry houses in
areas without power (and that is a large part of South Africa and
Africa) also face problems with clean water supply, electricity and
decent road access. How to build a house – or poultry house is the
big question – where there is no electricity available. All these
small house could benefit by using the correct poultry equipment -
layer cages, nest boxes, Val nipples and Impex nipples. Broiler
chickens offer a great opportunity for chicken farming and poultry
farming za. Power is the big challenge! Anyone out there with an
idea for a solar franchise for chicken houses would make a huge
difference in Africa. A good solar franchise would offer poultry
business plans for the solar energy and the actual chicken business .