Artificial Lighting

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MuscovyMad, Dec 2, 2010.

  1. MuscovyMad

    MuscovyMad Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 2, 2010

    This summer i hatched 2 bantams to add to my meager flock of 2 pekin bantams. Originally they were in my garden however one of the 2 turned out to be a cockerel and the neighbours were complaining about the noise, so i now keep them on my friends land.

    However this land is out of the city and i have been struggling to get out to see them and with the winter tempertures as low as -13 some nights i have decided to bring them back home and keep them in my garage to shelter them.

    As they are in my garage its going to be dark.

    What duration should i leave the light on for every day?

    I think the young hen is too young to lay at the moment (16 weeks old), but the other older hens were laying and i don't want to get them started again until winter has passed.

    P.s as soon as it warms back up again ( above 0 celsius) they are going to go back up to the farm.

    So any help would be much appreciated. [​IMG]
  2. Chicken Chat

    Chicken Chat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    If you don't want them to lay, I would say at least 10 hours. However, if you would like some eggs, I am pretty sure the magic # is about 14 hours.

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