Keeping it Cool on the Homestead
Whew! We had a nice, cool spring in Central Texas this year, but the temperatures have been going up, up, up!
Now we’re back into our normal routine where afternoon temperatures might break 100 degrees for several days in a row. Some years, that’s actually more like “several months in a row!”
If you’re on the power grid and you’ve got a reliable air conditioner, then it’s a no-brainer – you just go indoors and wait out the intense afternoon heat, right? But… what would you do if the power goes out?
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Keeping Livestock from Overheating
Even if the power never goes out and your AC keeps chugging right along, it’s still important not to forget about the needs of your livestock. Chickens, rabbits, dogs, etc. They all have limitations when it comes to how much heat they can withstand.
So, it’s really helpful to have a simple way to keep your critters comfortable and healthy through the hot summer months.
Especially rabbits. Rabbits usually can’t breed in the heat. But watch the video below to see how we managed to keep mothers, babies, and even a sexually viable daddy rabbit all healthy and happy right through the middle of July!
As usual, this is all done very simply and easily – without any electricity. This is a must see video for anyone living where it gets HOT:
Off Grid AC with Simple Misters
As you can see, other than making sure that water and shade are always available, the most important part of this system is misting.
I’m using a simple misting system with plastic tubing and fittings that I picked up from my local farm supply store. I’ve had moderate success using only gravity to pressurize the whole system.
I’m also experimenting with a small solar panel and a simple pump – and I’m going to share those results with you soon! Drop me a comment down below if you’re interested to see that solar setup.
Oh – and if you like that watering setup I use for my chickens, you can download a free eBook that shows exactly how I built it. It’s inside the free Grow Network Library, and you can sign up by clicking on the banner right below here.