1. bugdoodle06

    bugdoodle06 In the Brooder

    May 26, 2008
    I was wondering if everyone keeps a light on for their chicks?
    I have 4 - 9 month old RIR's that have been laying for about 3 weeks and 24 - 5 month old chicks and right now I just have a 60 watt bulb for night time.
    Do you leave the lights on all night? Forever?
    What about heat lamps in the winter when they are full grown?

    Thanks for any info!

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  2. keljonma

    keljonma Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    Our hen house is part of our old barn. We keep lights on in the back of the barn to discourage 2 legged predators. If the weather gets fierce during winter, we plug in heat lamps over the waterers.
  3. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    I keep a string of LED holiday lights on in the coop. They are on a timer to go on at dark and stay on for 2 hours. In winter if it gets too cold, i put on a brooder lamp over the water area to keep it from freezing. My birds produced eggs all winter. The lights are just to give them time to settle in.
  4. Anny

    Anny Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    I do not have a light in my coop, but my coop has a window which gets light from out side, since I live in the city, the street lights of lights from the house next door are always on, so it's never "dark"

    in the picture below you can see the window from outside lets the light into the window in the coop...

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