artificial light causes pecking?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by GarthRyan, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. GarthRyan

    GarthRyan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've read that white artificial light sometimes causes pecking. Is this true? I would think that they would just think of it as normal daylight and not change their actions much.
     
  2. GreenSahara

    GreenSahara Out Of The Brooder

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    In my experience, leaving a very bright light on continuously could cause cannibalism. But the low watt bulb that is required to increase their perception of "daylight". shouldn't affect them poorly at all. A 250w white bulb in a crowded space looks like cannibalism to me. A 60w bulb in a larger space should be fine.
     
  3. GarthRyan

    GarthRyan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Alright. I'm adding artificial light tomorrow for mine. Let's say for 2 or 3 hours in the morning it shouldn't bother them much should it? My hens have completely stopped laying and I don't think they're molting because they're only around 8 months old. Some of them have lost feathers due to rooster business though.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Be aware that it can take several weeks for the extra light to induce laying.
    Better to start the light in October and slowly increase it until you have 14 hours a day.
     
  5. GarthRyan

    GarthRyan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the input. I got an egg today. That's the first in about a week. I still haven't put the lights up yet. Got busy with other stuff today but I'm about to go do it.
     

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