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Do chickens need night lights?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by TheChickenProject, Jul 25, 2010.

  1. TheChickenProject

    TheChickenProject Out Of The Brooder

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    I added a 12 foot string of blue rope lighting to the interior of my coop. (4x4 floor). Question is, will the lighting keep them awake? I noticed they didn't settle down until 10:30 last night and only after the light was out. I'm not sure if it was the heat last night or the light.

    Do they need a small light or should I just keep them in the dark?

    Edited to add: I keep water in the coop at night. Is thier vision so poor as to need light or can I do without?
     
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2010
  2. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    Please forgive me:

    "do chickens need night lights?"

    Not unless they're reading a really good book.

    Not unless they're afraid of the dark.

    Seriously , No.
     
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  3. TheChickenProject

    TheChickenProject Out Of The Brooder

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    set myself up for that one!
     
  4. PhilErvin

    PhilErvin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    NO, they do not need a night light. You've noticed they go in and get situated before dark. That is because they can not see in the dark. They DON'T need to see in the dark. [​IMG]
     
  5. Rozzie

    Rozzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. ncgrad00

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    Mine have a night light and it helps the new chicks find the roosts. I have 6 8 week old chicks and they slept in the nesting boxes until 5 days ago. I got electricity to my coop and put a night light in. Now they sleep on the roost with the other 3 hens. I think night lights are a good idea just make sure it is not too bright. I think mine is 4 watts.
     
  7. TheChickenProject

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    Rozzie, thanks for the reply. I went with setting the timer to turn the lights out one hour after dusk. This allowed them to settle before "lights out". I agree with supplementing the natural lighting and have solar lights surrounding the outside of the coop which helps with this.
     
  8. burntmuch

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    I wondered the same thing. I bought a cheap solar landscape light. Cut a 2 inch by 2 inch hole in the south wall of the coop & glued the light into the hole. Seems to work good. I dont know how long it stays lit. It gives out just enough light so the chickens can see the roost. My hens wouldnt go into the coop until I put it in.
     
  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    They don't need light in their coop. I've heard people say they leave lights in the coop "in case a predator gets in...so the chickens can defend themselves". Build a coop like Ft. Knox and no predators should be getting in.
     
  10. EZZIEMAE

    EZZIEMAE Out Of The Brooder

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