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Did I just mess up their laying cycle?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by robot rooster, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. robot rooster

    robot rooster In the Brooder

    Feb 5, 2009
    I have four Barred Rock hens that I purchased back in December. I read about putting a red light in their coop to make up for the lack of sunlight due to winter. Well, I did, and it worked...3 to four eggs daily!

    However, last night I left the light on all night.

    Did I mess anything up?

  2. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    I don't think one night would make a permanent change, maybe a day or two, but you might want to just put a timer on your light.
  3. nhchickmom

    nhchickmom Songster

    Nov 6, 2008
    Thornton, NH
    One night is not a big deal. We actually keep a red heat lamp on all the time through Dec. and Jan because it is so cold here. We do however make sure to turn off the regular light after 14 hours.

    A timer is a good idea, we have tried it but not had great luck as a reliable source because te chickens tend to hit it and make it not work. If you do decide to use one make sure that you get one specifically for outdoors otherwise the cool temps of the coop will keep the timer from working. In the end we only rely on it when we go away for a night or two, otherwise one of us musters the will to go outside in the freezing cold at 9 every evening.

    Hope this helps!
  4. Gus

    Gus In the Brooder

    Apr 18, 2008
    Warrensburg, MO
    I had the same problem with my birds pecking at the timer. I Cut an old rubber tire and nailed the piece of rubber over the timer so it acted like a cover. No problems since.
    The light being left on is not a big deal. I raise birds for the hatching eggs and leave a light on (white light) in my chicken houses for up to 18 hours a day. (low level light, about 15 watts) I do not have any problems.

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