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Is anyone using solar heat for Chicken Houses.

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Posted by Joe User on April 6, 2008, 4:47 am

I have family who owns chicken houses.

They have been complaining about the increase in the cost of propane.

Does anyone know of a case in which solar thermal heating is used to heat
chicken houses?

It seems like a good application, since there is a lot of open space
around the houses, and there are electronic control systems and plumbing
already in  place to run the houses.

It seems that solar heating could displace any amount of propane heating.

Posted by Morris Dovey on April 6, 2008, 5:33 am
Joe User wrote:

I don't know of any chicken houses, but I've solar heated other
farm buildings.

It depends on the chicken houses, the location, the weather, and
the solar heating panels. You're looking for an answer to an
incompletely asked question. Would you care to provide a bit more

Morris Dovey
DeSoto Solar
DeSoto, Iowa USA

Posted by Joe User on April 6, 2008, 1:36 pm
 On Sun, 06 Apr 2008 00:33:52 -0500, Morris Dovey wrote:

No, I asked what I wanted to know:  Does anyone here know of an actual
case of the economic use of solar heating in chicken houses.

I'm sure a heating system could be designed, but not at all sure if it
would be useful.  If someone else has done it, they will probably write
about their experiences.

In the US, that industry is concentrated in the southeast, and that area
has fairly common weather.

Posted by J. Clarke on April 7, 2008, 1:03 am
 Joe User wrote:

Googling "solar chicken house" got numerous hits, with descriptions of
such buildings ranging from a research project that cost half a
million bucks to one that was built from scrounged materials.

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Posted by Joe User on April 7, 2008, 2:51 am
 On Sun, 06 Apr 2008 21:03:36 -0400, J. Clarke wrote:

All of those links I checked were for photovoltaic prototypes.

The PV systems, which I think will never be cost-competitive, are being
studied, but not simple solar heating.

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