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Artificial light in the morning or evening?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by big greg barker, Nov 23, 2008.

  1. big greg barker

    big greg barker Songster

    Oct 26, 2008
    central maine
    I was told today that when you provide artificial light to make up for the shorter days, that it is best to give light in the morning, and let them go to bed by natural sunlight. Opinions??
  2. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    Yes, give them extened morning hours. They won't be able to roost if it suddenly gets dark....
  3. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    western mass
    I do some of each, but tilted more toward morning hours. They still go inside to roost at sundown; they just hang out in the electric light for a while.

    They're laying great. Not as much as at the height of summer, but that's fine by me. I wanted some eggs in winter, but I don't need them to be machines, y'know?
  4. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    Yes, you should make up for the daylight hours by having the light turn on early in the morning. It's best for them to go to bed at night with the sun going down. Some chickens do get stuck outside when the artificial light all of a sudden goes out and they are still outside.

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