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Do chickens need night lights?

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I added a 12 foot string of blue rope lighting to the interior of my coop. (4x4 floor). Question is, will the lighting keep them awake? I noticed they didn't settle down until 10:30 last night and only after the light was out. I'm not sure if it was the heat last night or the light.

Do they need a small light or should I just keep them in the dark?

Edited to add: I keep water in the coop at night. Is thier vision so poor as to need light or can I do without?


Edited by TheChickenProject - 7/25/10 at 6:03pm
post #2 of 33

Please forgive me:

"do chickens need night lights?"

Not unless they're reading a really good book. 

Not unless they're afraid of the dark.

Seriously , No.


Edited by rancher hicks - 7/25/10 at 5:55pm
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post #3 of 33
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set myself up for that one!

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NO, they do not need a night light. You've noticed they go in and get situated before dark. That is because they can not see in the dark. They DON'T need to see in the dark. wink

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Edited by Rozzie - 9/3/10 at 8:32pm
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Mine have a night light and it helps the new chicks find the roosts.  I have 6 8 week old chicks and they slept in the nesting boxes until 5 days ago.  I got electricity to my coop and put a night light in.  Now they sleep on the roost with the other 3 hens.  I think night lights are a good idea just make sure it is not too bright.  I think mine is 4 watts.

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post #7 of 33
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Rozzie, thanks for the reply. I went with setting the timer to turn the lights out one hour after dusk. This allowed them to settle before "lights out". I agree with supplementing the natural lighting and have solar lights surrounding the outside of the coop which helps with this.

post #8 of 33

I wondered the same thing. I bought a cheap solar landscape light. Cut a 2 inch by 2 inch hole in the south wall of the coop & glued the light into the hole. Seems to work good. I dont know how long it stays lit. It gives out just enough light so the chickens can see the roost. My hens wouldnt go into the coop until I put it in.

post #9 of 33

They don't need light in their coop.  I've heard people say they leave lights in the coop "in case a predator gets in...so the chickens can defend themselves".  Build a coop like Ft. Knox and no predators should be getting in.

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Originally Posted by rancher hicks 

Please forgive me:

"do chickens need night lights?"

Not unless they're reading a really good book. 

Not unless they're afraid of the dark.

Seriously , No.


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