TLC Ranch

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What's News 11.14.08

Jim has been installing solar-powered lights on each chicken coop, a rather tedious process but well worth the effort.  We are excited about the idea of maintaining our egg production over the winter with just a few extra hours of light a day.  Hens need approximately 14 hours of daylight to lay an egg.

We are butchering pigs for the farmers market next week, with hopes that we will have the pork back the first week of December.  We will have quite a few nice bone-in hams for the holidays, as well as sausage, pork chops, roasts, ribs, and bacon.  Welcome back bacon!!! 

Our two amazing workers, brothers Saul and Sergio, will be returning to Mexico for a couple months to spend time with their families.  It will be hard without them, but they need a break and their families miss them. 

We are still looking for land to rent or possibly purchase within the 3 counties around Monterey Bay.  We need at least 20 acres of flat to <5% sloped land, and we would consider more if it is oak woodland (pigs love acorns).  

That's all for now!

-Jim & Becky 

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I'm curious about the hardware. Did you guys build it, or buy it built? I'd like to do something similar for our backyard chicken coop.

Posted by Guillermo Payet on November 15, 2008 at 11:30 AM PST #

I worked with Real Goods to come up with the system, based on the wattage of light that I thought we needed in each coop (which was 30 watts per 240 sq. ft. coop). They picked the panel size based on our wattage we needed and the latitude for sunlight.

Posted by Becky on November 17, 2008 at 12:57 PM PST #

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