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Winter light location

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I have 4 hens. They free range all day! The only time they go in the coop is to lay or roost. I have added a light outside my coop attached to the tree shining into the roost. Is that enough light? It is bright enough to see the chickens inside the coop. Does it have to be extremely close to work? My run is all wire. See picture of my coop.
We are located in Alabama and currently the light comes on about 3:30 and it gets daylight about 6:40. And dark again at 6. Thanks!!
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Hope this helps

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chickens-winter-egg-laying-and-lighting

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I have been going back and forth with this question as well.  I just got my 4 hens and have them in the coop.  I bought pullets cause I didn't want to start with the chicks my first time around.  So, I was told by Southern States it will probably be two weeks before my hens start to lay.  I was planning on adding the light to the coop.  I actually have them in a temporary coop in my feed room of my horse barn.  But, just to make sure I understand, if there is no artificial light, I will still get a eggs correct?  I am not selling or producing eggs for a business or anything.  Just want to have fresh eggs for the family.  But, I would like to have a fried egg for breakfast sometime this winter.  The feed room they are in does have a window facing west so they do get sun.  So, If let nature take its course, I will get eggs just not that many correct?

Rob

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Yes egg production will be down without a light, Research shows that chickens lay best when they receive about 15 hours of light daily. Someone else here will sure chime in at some point. The best time to start daylight would be to have your light come on in the morning long enough to give your chickens 15 hours of daylight. You should only need less than 25 watt bulb with a reflector on a timer. You want the light to spread out throughout the coop.

post #5 of 6
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So if the light is located outside the coop door but still shinning into the roost, is that enough? I would say you could read a newspaper in the coop.
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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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