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I've never had to add lighting in my coop before...other years my birds layed fine year round. But I have only been getting 1-2 eggs for over 2 months now. (Original flock went through a long molt and younger hens haven't started laying yet). Now that I've gone two days without my egg sandwich for breakfast I've decided it's time to add a light. big_smile.png:D My questions are: is it better to add light in the morning or in the evening, and how long should it take until they start laying again? Thanks so much!
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I've never added light either, I read you should add it in the morning so their roost routine isn't messed up and they are suddenly dark. I think you are also suppose to add it and slowly lengthen it. You don't say how old your chickens are, odds are they will resume laying within a month or two without lights and about that time with lights.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Honestly, it's a bit late to be adding light. The days will starting getting longer naturally in just a couple more weeks. For supplemental lighting, it needs to be started in the fall, and you need to gradually lengthen the time you have the light on. And it takes a few weeks before it starts to work. 

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Honestly, it's a bit late to be adding light. The days will starting getting longer naturally in just a couple more weeks. For supplemental lighting, it needs to be started in the fall, and you need to gradually lengthen the time you have the light on. And it takes a few weeks before it starts to work. 

Ditto Dat^^^

......and it doesn't always work as well as we hope it will.

 

Trying to add light now or not.....you're just going to have to wait.

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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