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Chicken tractor coop and adequate sunlight

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by minharopaola, Jan 5, 2016.

  1. minharopaola

    minharopaola New Egg

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    Hi! We built the following coop as on my avatar. It is a catabawa chicken tractor we built from the plans.

    We move it to a new location every day. We would like them to stay inside the coop due to many predators in our area.

    My question is, how do they get enough sunlight to produce eggs in this situation. What do you do or what have you seen others do? Thank you in advanced.

    Happy farming!
     
  2. birds4kids

    birds4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For eggs this time of year with most breeds and most climates you will need lights.
    I am in WI and was getting nothing from 6 layers hatched in May, two weeks ago I gave them a single 60watt equivalent LED in 2700 color temp on at 4am natural dusk dark by 5pm and Friday through yesterday I got 5 eggs. Light is getting them laying.
     
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  3. minharopaola

    minharopaola New Egg

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    Yes you are right, however in the summer where there is plenty of light, I feel they will still be in the shade all day because of the chicken tractor set up. Is that what you do with your chicken tractor? Is it needed to import a light to it so they have artificial light in their shaded coop?
     
  4. birds4kids

    birds4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They don't need direct light.
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    What a cute little tractor!

    Your birds don't need direct sunlight to stimulate laying. Shade is good, especially in the summer. The daylight alone will be enough to provide what they need. You may find them seeing out a bar of sunshine from time to time and sunbathing, that's normal.

    I'm in the PNW, and with our overcast skies my birds can go days at a time without getting direct sunlight (me, too [​IMG]) but they do fine.
     

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