Originally Posted by bobbi-j
Originally Posted by aart
If light is for laying purposes it's best to have started ramping up the light slowly months ago until they are getting 14-15 hours a day.
I started back in Aug/Sept and it is now coming on at 3am and goes off about 2pm for those overcast days when it's dim in the coop.
Misapplied light may not give you the results you crave.
Learn how it works here: Here's a pretty good article on supplemental lighting.
Thanks for sharing that article, Aart! I have been doing it wrong. When I use light, I usually wait until they're done molting, then start with about an hour of added light each week instead of 20 minutes.
I'm not really sure what a drastic increase of light would do, tho I can't think it would be good,
tho I've read folks saying they have applied lots of light BAM all at once and claimed a week later tons of eggs.
I've read that a drastic drop in light can throw them into a molt....that's what the commercial places do...that and withhold feed.
I started earlier this year and ramped up evenly and slowly and my birds still molted<shrugs> we'll see what happens down the line.