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SES stands for Sat Chicken Systems as in using extra left over sat dishes and mounts to support one chicken hobby. I hate to see all my unused sat dishes just laying around killing the grass and making yard work harder than it needs to be. Thus I am working for finding a use for all those sat dishes to better support my chickens needs.

My square glass sat dish continues to show more delamination problems so I believe it may better be served as an egg collection system. Just put the hens nesting boxes along the outer edges of the dish and let the eggs roll down to the center hole. A mesh dish could be a roosting place as the chicken "dropping " would fall through the dish mesh holes and keep the chickens cleaner and dry.

Of course I have to set up one dish just for chickens to have sat tv channels in the hen house. I guess the cooking channels may not be a good choice for the chickens to watch. The little Hughes Net dishes will work very well when mounted right on the south side of the chicken house.

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The weather has been some what foul today so I put a few Dish 500 units into service. You have to get the skew and elevation just perfect or the signal or "bird" will just slip away from the dish. Not easy to keep a "bird" locked into the dish center.

This is my new FTA club house out in the yard among my dish farm gems. It could be a great out of the weather room near the dishes to sit and enjoy the signals or birds that one can lock on to with a small dish.

Because I never throw much away I have a need to find a good use for my extra small dishes. I have found that in the new FTA club house.

I wonder how many "birds" I could lock onto all at the same time if I put a one meter dish in the FTA club house?

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This morning I added in a damaged Bird View dish which I believe was hit and bent by my former neighbors pick up truck. I think it can be repaired and then "tuned" via a Feather Tuning Array sat collection system. When I "lost lock" with this first "Bird" the signal flew all the way over to the FTA room front door. I see more future for extra sat dishes and the new FTA club house. FTA = (find tasteing animals) Perhaps I should not crow so much but I am flocking happy to find a use for these old dishes.

The Bird View H to H mount from this dish was used under the dish in my AVATAR picture. It supports and moves a heavy 11.7 foot 8 panel glass dish. Some times smaller 'birds" can be seen sitting on this dish too. This morning one of the Dish 500 sat dishes which is now mounted under the roosting bar was full of you know what. That is about what I think of the small dish companies. See even those small dishes do have value when installed correctly.

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Nice set up there, Bob.

Perhaps you could install a satellite receiver in your FTA club house, wired to a grain dispenser and controlled by pecking at buttons, like the chickens who play tic-tac-toe at the carnival.

https://www.nytimes.com/video/nyregion/100000001595360/tick-tack-toe-playing-chicken.html

(They beat me every time - I swear they must be cheating.)

Then, when one of your feathered friends finds a TV feed, they get rewarded with some chicken feed. [biggrin]


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You beat me to the punch line but when I do get electrical power out to the shed I will put in a few channels to keep my friends happy.

The story here was a new neighbor did not  want the old 8 by 10 wooden building so I hooked a tow strap onto and it followed me home. Frist it was going to be a lawn mower shed then I though of a weather cover to use in the dish farm with shorter coax to some dishes but then they had chickens on sale at 2 for a dollar so I got 2 dozen young birds. I can not afford to  get cable for my flock as they charge way more than "chicken feed" these days for a cable connection. Anyway with all the spare dishes and spare sat receivers laying around I figure what the heck, get them birds some tv to watch. They claim that cows are much more happy with music out in the barn so my chickens are getting FTA channels.

Of course I seldom throw much away so I needed to  use up all the extra sat equipment I have. How many folks think enough of their chickens to give them good tv to watch? Those Dish 500 metal  pans are making very nice feeders and  poo catchers too. My better dishes will go on the outside of the shed and be aimed up at the Clark Belt. I wonder if the chickens can stand to watch the C Span channel?

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I have recently completed a large field test of using small Ku sat dishes as feeding trays for a fleet of chickens. I am happy to report here that you can save money by "not buying" the over priced store bought chicken feeders.

My chickens favor a slim line dish from Direct TV services over any other small dish tested. As you can see several chickens can be feed all at the same time. Just like a mux which includes several video channels you can "mux" several "birds" all at the same time with just one Direct Slim Line dish. While you will get some poo from the small sat dish if you have ever used a Direct TV system you will already be use to having that condition anyway.

So never throw much away and use up your collection of too small sat dishes and make your friends out in the yard happy. Another point is notice the curved shape of a sat dish and then measure the "bottom side" of a chicken and see just how well they fit together. A nice perfect fit for a chair or sleeping bed for a chicken or two.

If you have no chickens at the present time you "could" just point these rather small dishes up at the Clark Belt and look for sat signals. But I find dishes this small are better used with chickens for feeding and catching chicken dropping in. My field tests will continue untill bar-be-que time arrives this fall.

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In honor of your work, Last Night America's Got Talent Video of "America the Beautiful" performed by a Chicken Playing a Piano!


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LOL again some one else has gotten ahead of me with the punch line.

As we have talked about else where the Direct sat Slim Line dishes do have some use for us to collect sat signals from the Clark Belt. I '"had" plans to set up several here in the near future as fixed dishes to make a few signals always be there ready to receive.

But now with the sudden 24 feathered friends living in my yard among the other large dishes I have to step back and rethink my plans. Those dishes make an  interesting sound if they are empty and a chicken give the dish a quick peck. I had thought about a all  chicken drum and bugle marching band. But alas, chickens have no lips so the air powered bugles may not be possible via chicken input. There is a great all plastic trash can band playing along side a road way with a great sound. So if a chicken can play a piano then I see no reason why my flock may be trained to play a tune on little metal sat dishes. I would guess sheet music will not be required reading for the chickens.

I hope to give a test run with sat tv out in the "coop" soon. I have finished up putting in 94 tomato plants but my chickens have a bad drug problem now. They are eating one whole watermelon every day now. Some days I wish I had just got one new cat and one new sat receiver. Perhaps when the egg money starts rolling in I can get that new sat receiver? But I offer up to folks  the advice-------never throw it away as some chicken may be in need of it to eat from or sleep in. Still that 8 by 10 wood shed would make a nice summer time FTA room out in the dish farm if not for all the chickens living there now.



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---and the music lessons have started-----

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With most of the garden now planted again I can work on the FTA chicken coop project. As you can see I am very close to getting sat tv installed on the coop both C band and Ku too. I added a quick shade to the 4 by 6 window to keep my little chicks from being "Hot Wings" before their time is due. Also the coop was just to bright inside for a good video room. The price of home grown eggs keeps going up as my chickens now have serious drug problem as they eat every day a mid sized water melon but they are very sweet chicks now. I hope to get them some tv by tomorrow afternoon.

Now just a thought here, guys, if you have a wife who has put you in the "dog house" because of your sat tv hobby perhaps you could follow me and put yourself into the chicken house and then bring in the little woman a few fresh eggs every day. Just be sure to remove your shoes before giving your better half the fresh eggs.

I will have to upgrade my electrical panel in the coop to a 220V service to handle both the sat equipment and the chicken air cooler unit. A chicken should never have to sweat. And a hot hen house is a hard place to watch free tv in.

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It is great news in another thread here that we learn of the perhaps soon to be a 4K receiver in many of your futures. Sad because I have spent so much of my hobby money pot trying to teach chickens the joy of free tv programs. It is with a heavy heart and empty pockets I must report that today I put tv into the chicken FTA complex and to my surprise all, every one of the chickens just walked away and refused to partake of the joy of free tv programs. It my have been my choice of program content, a sailing program with lots of water included. I guess my chickens know they can not swim and thus they turned up their beaks and just walked out on the show. I may convert the building into a lawn mower storage with sat tv option. I have a back yard grill and the chickens may find other uses. But the idea of a small out backyard located building as a control room for ones sat tv hobby still has some worth. If you cut a hole in the center of the floor it could also in the winter time be used on a frozen lake for fishing. Small sat dish on a small building on a small lake and catching small fish works for me. Wonder how many chickens I will need to trade in to get that new 4K receiver? (I fell into sleep mode out in the coop yard watching tv and was peeked badly before I could wake up) 
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Because it is summer time for most of us here and also it is full speed ahead for the racing season too. So the answer is to go outside and enjoy the great weather while still being able to watch most of the racing season with your own FTA dishes and receivers. You may choose to sit in full sun and eat a few snacks but likely you  will need the video monitors in an area with more shade so the monitor appears brighter.

If you have a nearby small building it can protect your electronics units from a sudden unexpected rain fall. You can even cook out right next to your seating area and not worry about any spills of food or drink in the grass. A high fence will keep your friends nearby and you may even "race" with a few of them on the grill, just call that the "hot lap" if your friends are up for the heat.

Easy to raise up a small dish so it gets a better view of the sat positions. I find this much nicer than being  in a stuffy house in the summer and still get plenty of tv time logged. I think my friends are way to eager to  do those "hot laps" on the grill.

What we have here is a personal sport bar and grill right in your backyard. No worry about a few too many as you are walking back to the house at the end of the day. This is something we could all crow in our yards about plus you could add in a projector after dark and have a really big screen to view. Lots to be said about fresh air and free tv all while enjoying your best friends company in the great out doors. I am editing that last thought to read---- best tasting friends ----

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Eggsxactly!
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