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Do Chickens Need Light in the House?

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I have just recently moved my chickens (7-8 weeks) out into the coop.  At first it was chilly at night so I left a light on for warmth.  Now, however, it's warm enough that I don't need to leave the light on at night.  The problem is, when the light is off, the only light in the coop is from small vents that permit only a tiny amount of light into the coop if they allow any at all.  Since I don't trust my chickens (or the neighbor hood raccoon population) with the door open at night, from the time I close them in at night until I can get them out in the morning I am afraid my chickens live in near darkness.  Is this a problem?  I don't really know anything about the eyesight of chickens but I'm pretty sure no one has ever compared them to cats in the night.   
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I have just recently moved my chickens (7-8 weeks) out into the coop.  At first it was chilly at night so I left a light on for warmth.  Now, however, it's warm enough that I don't need to leave the light on at night.  The problem is, when the light is off, the only light in the coop is from small vents that permit only a tiny amount of light into the coop if they allow any at all.  Since I don't trust my chickens (or the neighbor hood raccoon population) with the door open at night, from the time I close them in at night until I can get them out in the morning I am afraid my chickens live in near darkness.  Is this a problem?  I don't really know anything about the eyesight of chickens but I'm pretty sure no one has ever compared them to cats in the night.   
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Chickens do just fine in the dark. Dont worry they will be fine. Chickens actually have poor Night eyesight, that is why they make sure to get inside before it gets dark. But once inside, they will be fine.smile

Maggie,

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Maggie,

I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying. ~ Oscar Wilde
"The best thing about animals is that they don't talk much." ~ Thornton Wilder
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Note that when your girls start to reach laying age, they will need at least 14 hours of light if you want eggs regularly.

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