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Suggestions to adding lighting for improved egg laying during winter months

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We have had our chickens and coop for going on 3 years now.  This winter I am considering adding additional lighting on a timer for a few hours in the morning and a few in the evening.  Can anyone offer suggestions, recommendations, and even pictures would be great.  I would love to put something nice in there rather than just rigging something up. Any recommendations?

 

Thanks in advance.

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You don't need morning and evening. Just morning is sufficient though just evening will work but not preferable. Depending on how far north you live, you probably only need to add about 3 hours. Turning the light on at 4 AM works well.

It just needs to be bright enough to be able to read a newspaper by at roost height.

Why does it need to look nice. No one will see it but you and the chickens and it will soon be covered with dust.

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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Just last Sunday I added a 24" LED light on a digital timer for the same reason.  It works great and the LEDs are expected to last 50,000 hours without using much power.  I bought them at a home center.  It is plenty bright and seems like it will hold up well in a dusty environment because it's sealed at both ends.  It is rated for indoor only but my coop is weather tight.  HERE is the light.

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