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lights for winter egg laying

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Does the color of the light have anything to do with laying?  I just started getting eggs and I am getting one to two a day for two six month old pullets. I have other pullets that are anywhere from 5 months on down to two months.  I want to keep them laying as much as possible.

post #2 of 5

I am still learning, but I don't think the color matters, only that there is at least 16 hours of light per day to simulate summer sunlight.

 

I found a thread that talks about different kinds of lighting: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1020114/light-or-night

 

Hope that helps!


Edited by lafaye616 - 11/8/15 at 7:55pm
post #3 of 5

Pullets will lay through their first fall and winter without any supplemental light.  

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Not always true.  There are a lot of variables.  My first flock, all pullets(hatched at end of Feb.  Shut down for the winter, all except for one gal who faithfully gave me 3 eggs/day.  A lot depends on how far north you are.  I'm sure there are other factors as well.  

 

As far as light, any normal light bulb will do.  You wouldn't want to use a red heat lamp type of bulb.

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My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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post #5 of 5

I just use a string of Christmas lights, you don't need a lot of light, just enough to convince them its day time. I put it on a timer to come on at 4am, ,goes off at 9am. By then the sun is up and they are on the move. Color is not important, but obviously white light is the best to simulate day light.

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