Chicken tractor - How much light in roost area?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by herocomplex, May 22, 2008.

  1. herocomplex

    herocomplex In the Brooder

    Apr 12, 2008
    Fayetteville, AR
    I've just built a chicken tractor with the roosting/nesting area above the run (Forsham Ark style) and I just realized that it's pretty much pitch dark up there. How can the chickens find their roosts? Do I need to put some skylights in for them? [​IMG]
  2. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    No. Chickens will have little problems. Take a look at most arks - they dont have windows per se.

    There is good reason to keep them in the dark too - they stay in the nest less and dont move around as much. SO they tend to lay their eggs and get out, risking less damage to the eggs.

    If it bothers you - put a small, screened ventilation vent high in the back wall.

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