Mama hen weaned her chicks yesterday, she had been giving them more distance and not calling them for food. Poor things were so confused. Spent a lot of their time in the coop roosting a couple hens seemed to be a bit annoying when they try and come out of the coop so I will need to watch for a few days to make sure they get out to eat. I have 3 food and watering stations so they should be ok if they can get out of the coop. Last night at bedtime 2 were on the roost and 3 in the nesting boxes, so I moved those 3 up to the roost by their hatch mates. Time will tell, lol
It works and I like it. Chickens have learned to get their butts in the coop before the door closes or else I catch them and put them inside (they don't like that much). It took them about a week to learn.
The door... You can program how hard it closes, put it on a timer or dust to dawn. It was easy to install. I just cut a piece of pressure treated plywood to fit, easy...
The battery (rechargeable 12 volt lithium) green light means fully charged, yellow partly charged, red not charged. I mounted it behind the solar panel.
The solar panel recharges the battery, that's it's only purpose in life. Seems to work ok, I have it facing east. It only get so much direct morning and late morning sun but still fully charged the battery.
I like that I don't have to remember to lock up the coop at night anymore. Me forgetting is how we lost all of our chickens. Best I could tell by the tracks, it was a fox or two that killed all of them overnight.
Put our 3 ducklings hatched by turkeys out on the pasture for the first time this morning. All seems well so far, they seemed to have taken to the 6 ducks ok. But at times seperated themselves, there's safety in numbers. So I have them all in the barn tonight, instead of the turkey yard. I will continue to put them up in the barn at night until they are fully flock-o-nized.
We are back to 9 that's what we started with, crazy quackers