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post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 

HI,

 

I had a followup question on this.  How long can I expect my chickens (7/8months old) to go without food and water?  My parents don't seem interested in supplemental lighting; So, at present, we are turning an outdoor light on at 6:30 so I can take care of them before going to work, and letting them go up when it gets dark.

 

Thanks,

 

Susan

post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by Blooie View Post
 

x2   I don't supplement heat or light.  They are perfectly adapted to following the sunset/sunrise, no matter how long or short the time between is.  I want my girls to get a break from laying in the winter, as their bodies are programmed to do.  That doesn't mean we don't get any eggs at all in the winter and very early spring.  But the only reason for supplementing light is for egg production.  So I just let them follow what they are programmed to do - rest in the winter.  They don't have watches, so they don't notice what time it is anyway.  ;) 

please PARDON THE CAPS LOCK. it's LATE AND I AM TOO TIRED TO RETYPE THIS. NOT SHOUTING.

 

I AGREE WITH BLOOIE. that SAID, I DO WORRY ABOUT MY FLOCK BEING SCARED AT NIGHT BY PROWLING CRITTERS AND SUCH.     so I WENT TO Lowes AND BOUGHT THE 17.98 Portofino SOLAR LIGHT FOR OUTSIDE. it HAS A STAKE AND CAN BE AFFIXED TO A WALL. since MY COOP IS RAISED, I SCREWED IT TO THE OTUSIDE OF THE COOP  SO TE LIGHT SHONE IN THE WINDOW. it HAS ENOUGH CHAREG TO LAST ALL NIGHT. iT GIVES THEM JUST ENOUGH LGHT SO THEY CAN SEE IN THE DARK BUT NOT ENOUGH TO INTERRUPT THEIR NATURAL     SLEEP CYCLE. one OF THEm LASTS ME 2-3 YEARS BEFORE THEY WEAR OUT.

 just A THOUGHT,

 KAREN


Edited by 3riverschick - 10/17/15 at 8:20pm

Walt Boese strain and Tewart flock of Pure English  Light Sussex

My flock now resides with Farmer Karl in PA.   

  I know he will do well by them. Karl is a knowing poultry man.

RIP Hellbender, my friend. Good friend, good heart, gone too soon.

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Walt Boese strain and Tewart flock of Pure English  Light Sussex

My flock now resides with Farmer Karl in PA.   

  I know he will do well by them. Karl is a knowing poultry man.

RIP Hellbender, my friend. Good friend, good heart, gone too soon.

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post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks.  I haven't seen any evidence that they get scared, but if they do, that sounds like it would be worth trying :)

post #14 of 15

I wouldn't worry. They should go to bed with full crops, however, particularly in the cold, so if they have food and water during the day, and then you make sure they have some after work before you put them to bed for the night, that's perfect. They are animals, adapted to the natural cycles of nature.

A small critter world of now 4 Silkies with treat-focused brains (Punky, Queenie, Pumpkin Head and Drizzle), 3 adorable felines who love nothing more than to eat, sleep, play, and destroy things (Molly, Scooter and Moo), and Osage, one totally awesome horse who sees without eyes.
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A small critter world of now 4 Silkies with treat-focused brains (Punky, Queenie, Pumpkin Head and Drizzle), 3 adorable felines who love nothing more than to eat, sleep, play, and destroy things (Molly, Scooter and Moo), and Osage, one totally awesome horse who sees without eyes.
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post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks.  There crops are looking pretty full at night, so hopefully that's not a concern :)

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