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post #91 of 94
This thread was really helpful. I live in MT and was worried how the cold might affect my chickens. I guess as a new soon to be owner I want them all cozy and warm - it hadn't occurred to me that perhaps it could purpose a danger or make them less able to adjust naturally to the chill - heat - rain ect ect ect ... So many good points of interested and views! Totally glad I was referred to this site
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post #92 of 94

It has warmed up a bit, one day was 51, so now the lamp is not being used. I am noticing the comb on one of the Amerucans is starting to "pink up" and getting bright - I read that is a sign of upcoming laying season. The other two ladies are still a pale pink, but they molted late. I also read that a light left on constantly does extend the laying season, but it also shortens the number of years a hen will lay as they need to rest and recoup some of their estrogen. We take vacations from our jobs, so why not let them take a rest, too?  I am happy with the way they've welcomed the warmer weather and look forward to eggs in the near future. They are just over a year, this will be their second egg season.

post #93 of 94
 I also read that a light left on constantly does extend the laying season, but it also shortens the number of years a hen will lay as they need to rest and recoup some of their estrogen. We take vacations from our jobs, so why not let them take a rest, too?
 

They need a rest when molting ..... otherwise, so long as you give them a dark period to sleep, supplemental lighting will not affect longevity or how many years they lay:

 

http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2011/09/supplemental-light-in-coop-why-how.html

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"Where there is animal worship, there is human sacrifice." - G.K. Chesterton

 

 "What we achieve too easily, we esteem too lightly." - Thomas Burke

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post #94 of 94

Since the lamp is out in the chicken yard, facing the entrance, it doesn't shine up the ramp or in the nesting area, so I don't worry about the light bothering them, mostly they sit in the glow when it starts to get chilly or when they come down for breakfast before the timer shuts off.

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