Coop lighting time period

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by phoenixwerx, Jan 17, 2011.

  1. phoenixwerx

    phoenixwerx Hatching

    Jan 17, 2011
    I have heard that artificial lighting can increase egg production, but I have also heard that they need some "down time" to rest. How long should I set my timer for?
  2. True Grit

    True Grit Songster

    [​IMG] I set mine to come on at 6am cuz that's when I get up and go off at 8am, on at 4:30pm and off at 6:30pm. They're laying well.
  3. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I just have mine go on once a day, around 3:30 AM. That way they go to sleep naturally. It gets dark around 6:30 PM so they get 15 hours of light. Been doing this about a week and it has not increased production so far. But most of the layers are 3 years old. I'm going to leave it like this til it gets warmer, March or April, and see how it goes then.

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