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The Solar Energy Equation

power needed x 2 = inverter power

if you needed 250 watts

250 X 2 = 500

500 would be your inverter power

inverter power / 500 = batteries @ 100ah

500 / 500 = 1 battery @ 100am

if your inverter power was 750-1000 watts you would want 2 batteries @ 100ah

if your inverter power was 2000 watts you would want 4 100ah batteries.

solar panels =  90 watts x 100ah batteries

if you had 1 100ah battery you would want 90 watts of solar panels to be useful  

keep in mind that 15 watts = approx. 1 amp.   an ideal charging rate is 10 amps which is about 150 watts.  

if you had 2 100ah batteries you would want 180 watts of solar panels.

Don’t get me wrong, you can have a 45 watt solar panel system but don’t let your battery go flat 11.9 volts you will be days on end to top off your 100ah battery


The ideal beginner solar system would be 500 watt inverter, 1 100ah battery and 90 watts of solar panels.   

Another Project Finished

Hadn’t finished one project before I started another. The chicken coop is on hold for a couple days while I finish this rabbit hutch. All I need to do is the roof and the door. Don’t know if I want a horizontal or vertical door for the hutch.

Sent from Johnny’s Acer Iconia A500

This is the finished product.  Well built with 2X4’s and the floor is 30 in high which is easy on the back.   It is high enough so no need for  a flip up lid.

When bunnie has to go

This is li’l mini, she is a full breed Mini Rex female. I moved her into her new home with upstairs (ramp) and separate room for her to have her little bunnies. All went well until she started going up stairs to potty. I noticed that she preferred one particular corner. Problem is, she mucks up her food and hey not to mention the access door I use to feed her.

SO! I took an old funnel cut off the tip, took a piece of PVC 1in pipe and hot glued them together, wired it to the bottom of the upstairs and ran the pipe through the floor of the downstairs. It works like a charm as you can see. All I need now is a five gallon bucket with a lid. I’d unscrew one of the caps and run the PVC into it. Clean up, there would be no clean up, just switch out buckets.

I can see where this should work with single story hutches. Just put it where they like to poop.

Sent from Johnny’s Acer Iconia A500

My Container Garden

This is my second year. Start’m up in the spring after composting chicken and rabbit manure and other compostables from the kitchen all winter. After I finish my chicken coop, I think I’ll start on my green house. I want to join those gardeners that not only do it in the dirt, but do it all year long.


This is my garden 2011

Strawberries, Peppers, Rasberries, Tomatoes, Peas and Potatoes.  Gonna be a good year.



In My Back Yard (My mini rex bunny)

Born April 1, 2010 from a black Mini Rex female and grey and white Dutch male.  She is all black, the only one from the three kit litter.  the other two had white on their noses.

Korean Black Chicken….even the bone is black. “I want One”

Description  Korean Black Chicken (Ogol Chicken)
Sancheong, Kyeongsangnamdo, South Korea

Ogol means “black bone” in Korean. This breed’s feather, meat, and bones are black in color.

Korean Native Ogol Chicken, Korean Black Chicken, Ogol Fowl
“Several poultry farms in Korea are raising Korean Native Chickens, or the Ogol Fowl. The Korean Native Chicken is believed to have been raised for almost 2,000 years. It is not easy to find pure lines, because most disappeared during World War II and the Korean War. The remainder were crossed with imported breeds. Recently, many researchers have tried to find the specific characters of this breed. The Ogol chicken is bred, not for quantity, but for quality. The native chicken grows very slowly and its egg production is poor. The price of its meat is almost five times higher than that of ordinary broilers. The Korean native chicken was not bred for meat purposes, but is adapted to backyard raising. The boom to raise this breed started after consumers began to look for good quality chicken meat.

The average body weight of the Korean Native Chicken at 14 weeks of age is 867.7g. The eviscerated carcass yield at 9-14 weeks is 74.1-78.5% for males and 73.9-77.5% for females.

In terms of body chemical composition at 14 weeks, the crude protein of Korean native chickens was 25.03-26.36% in the breast and 21.65-21.85% in the thigh, which is a little higher than the crude protein content of broilers.

The Korea Ogol fowl typically has black feathers, beak, comb, legs, bone, skin, and meat. The meat is often eaten as a folk remedy, to improve people’s health. Although the meat of this breed fetches a very good price, it is not yet very popular. However, raising these two native breeds might be suitable for farmers who have only a small land area and limited resources.”

– Source: Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 1992

Where can I find some?  If you know where I can fine these chickens, please let me know.

Is it really OK if it’s Free Range?

Many in Pierce County in and around Gig Harbor, Tacoma and Lakewood, Washington allow their chickens to graze in the back yard.   It is well documented that  the ground in these areas are contaminated with with arsenic and lead.  Gardeners already use raised beds for this very reason.   Giving them organic feed is not enough.  You should also consider the water you give your chickens.  Is it from the spigot/faucet?  You should consider that water from municipalities, cities, Counties and private companies treat the water with chlorine and add fluoride.  


Used raised chicken runs with organic dirt.  build a raised bed with 2X4 or 2X6’s.  Make them 4X4, 5X10 or 10X12 or bigger depending on how many chickens you have. 

Use rain water.  Use rain barrels to catch rain water and use to water your garden (raised beds), feed your chickens and any other pets that you have.   

Here is a link to the report from the Pierce County Health Department.

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