Coop Night Light? Verdict Needed!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by WaltzingBigBend, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. WaltzingBigBend

    WaltzingBigBend Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey there chicken-loving friends! This is my first post. :)

    Okay, my flock is out in the coop, here in West Texas and our weather is mild right now. They are well protected and locked in all night. The flock is 12 birds that are 7 weeks old. I have total confidence in the coop's integrity from the local varmits that like the taste of chicken. Soooooo.....

    I know that there is quite a debate about whether or not the coop should have a low-level nightlight on all night. Some books say yes, some no. Some threads here seem to be split on this too.

    Help me out: Do I need a night light?

    Instruct me, O wise ones!

    (Oh, and so nice to be here!) [​IMG]
     
  2. CluckyCharms

    CluckyCharms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BYC, it's nice to have you!

    My vote is no night-light.[​IMG]
     
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  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

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    A nightlight in your coop is just your personal choice, not really any pros or cons. just what you want to do.

    Imp
     
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  4. efanie

    efanie Out Of The Brooder

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    I have only had chickens since the spring but I live the north and a day light is getting shorter and short so I give my chickens some light in the morning and at night so that is seams light they get 12 hrs of day light
     
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  5. Joe Jordan

    Joe Jordan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Need? No. But, it can help with egg production. It's completely up to you.
     
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  6. efanie

    efanie Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a outside light on all the time would that could as a low level light?
     
  7. WaltzingBigBend

    WaltzingBigBend Out Of The Brooder

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    I think it would, efanie. If it supplies low-level light into the coop, then it is basically a night light.
     
  8. farmerfogg

    farmerfogg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It seems to me that chickens adapt very well to what is provided for them. Although light is not necessary, if you want them to have light, then go for it. They do just fine without it.

    Welcome to BYC! :weee
     
  9. efanie

    efanie Out Of The Brooder

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    could that be way my chickens has slow to all most a stop for laying eggs?
     
  10. CarolynF

    CarolynF Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have lighting in the coop to provide about 14-16 hours of light to keep egg production going during our dark winter. I don't want to leave it on all night because is seems excessive. I've read that if the light is strong enough to read, that's bright enough so I use a compact flourescent that's equiv. to 40 watts in a small. coop. I use a time to turn it off about 8:30ish and back on early in the morning, before dawn.

    I think of a night light as something that lets me see the walkway so I don't trip when I go out there in the dark! [​IMG] Nothing to do with the chickens! [​IMG]
     
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