Artificial light questions.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Flyboy718, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. Flyboy718

    Flyboy718 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My barred rocks are 21 weeks old and still no eggs...pretty sure it has to do with not as much daylight. I don't want to push them or do anything that would be harmful to them or stress them...that being said, what, if anything is not so good about providing artificial light?
     
  2. Flyboy718

    Flyboy718 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    kinda interesting no one has touched this...
     
  3. Wnunezcruz

    Wnunezcruz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some say artificial light will make them dependent and if you power goes out the would die.
     
  4. Chic-n-farmer

    Chic-n-farmer Showers of Blessings

    I use a 13 watt CFL bulb in all my coops, all winter long. I have no problems this. You will see people with other opinions. I can only say that I have done this for years.
     
  5. Chic-n-farmer

    Chic-n-farmer Showers of Blessings

    Quote:I believe what you are referring to is that if the light goes out, before your chickens make it to the roost, they are trapped on the floor, or outside in the dark.

    You could use a timer to add the light in the mornings, only, to solve that problem.
     
  6. Wnunezcruz

    Wnunezcruz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have heat lamps in with mine. I just any stand the thought of them getting cold. The timer is a great idea. Thanks
     
  7. CatUT

    CatUT Out Of The Brooder

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    I used a 60 watt plant light hooked up to a timer for a couple hours in the morning and a couple hours at night. My chickens had stopped laying and then one went broody and we couldn't seem to shake her out of it. I hooked up the light and in a few days they started laying again and with in a week, things were back to normal. We also had a horrible windstorm about 5 weeks ago. They declared our city a disaster area and called out the national guard to help deal with it. We were without power for about 18 hours. The chickens didn't care. They were just a bit annoyed that we didn't let them out of their coop that day. I don't think the light really adds that much heat to the coop.
     
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  8. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Quote:I do the same thing, without any issues.

    Flyboy718 wrote:
    My barred rocks are 21 weeks old and still no eggs...pretty sure it has to do with not as much daylight. I don't want to push them or do anything that would be harmful to them or stress them...that being said, what, if anything is not so good about providing artificial light?

    21 weeks can be a little early for some chickens. It has been often posted that people have waited for 35 weeks or more. I have [​IMG]
    A lot of times pullets will lay their first year regardless of light, but it is kind of individual.
    Adding light is your choice.

    Good luck,

    Imp​
     
  9. Chic-n-farmer

    Chic-n-farmer Showers of Blessings

    Quote:I had a breeder on here, that I met, very obnoxiously tell me that she refuses to use artificially lighting to increase egg production. She said "I'm not going to shorten their life for a few more eggs!!". She said it like only a greedy, lowlife would do such a thing.

    She also mentioned that she uses heat lamps to keep their water thawed! [​IMG]

    Uh? Say what? Isn't that artificial lighting? [​IMG]
     
  10. CatUT

    CatUT Out Of The Brooder

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    I use a water heater in the winter to keep my chicks' water thawed. I got really tired of frozen water everyday. I'm pretty sure it doesn't heat up the coop.
     

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