coop lighting... 24 hours?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mbq, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. mbq

    mbq In the Brooder

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    Does anyone know if it's okay to light my coop 24 hours a day or should I have a timer?
     
  2. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Songster

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    I wouldnt do 24 hours. They need a down time also and that can lead to featherplucking etc. In the darker months with shorter days, I do a light until 9 or so. But in spring I stop and give them some down time to "regroup: before the spring laying rush again.
     
  3. chickluvr

    chickluvr In the Brooder

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    My chickens are so spoiled! When i first put them outside they were scared of the dark because they had been under a heat lamp all the time, so i put a regular lightbulb in the heat lamp and put it in their coop, facing down so it doesnt shine in their eyes while they are trying to sleep. Well, now i cant turn it off. They really get scared and scream!
     
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

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    I have a sky light in my coop so that helps to light it up inside during the day... but I also have a low wattage bulb that goes on at 6 AM and goes off at 8PM, year round.
     

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