Do I need a light in my coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by bkate, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. bkate

    bkate Out Of The Brooder

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    Is it a necessity to have a light in my coop?
     
  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Nope but if it's a walk to the henhouse it makes it easier to gather eggs in the evenings. I use to carry a flashlight til I put a heavy duty electrical cord in to hold the light fixture. Also sometimes people set ilights on a timer in the mornings for winter laying so you get more eggs. I don't do that I let them have a winter rest as needed.
     
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  3. congohelium

    congohelium Out Of The Brooder

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    Your chickens will lay more consistently in winter if they have about 14 hours of light.
     
  4. wcwashburn

    wcwashburn New Egg

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    its also nice if you have to investigate a disturbance at night
    I HATE POSSUMS:mad:
     
  5. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    I have never put lights in my coops for the chickens but I do have the little solar lights attached so if I have to go out there at night I can see a bit without running my shin into something.
    My chickens lay all winter without lights but it is only about 50 every day here in the winter.
     
  6. fowler_chick

    fowler_chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have a light set on a timer, it goes off at dusk and stays on for 4 hours, i also have a out door flood light hocked to it so my flock can stay out longer.
     
  7. bkate

    bkate Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everyone!
     
  8. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would not be without an interior light. Better for egg-gathering and good to have power in coop for fan on hot days. Also good for when cleaning just to look around real good to see if anything amiss. I have a large coop, at 8 x 16. It has two overhead double flourescent lights, and a fixture is ready for a ceiling fan in the center of the gable space overhead, directly under the roof turbine vent. Best to keep it on in hot weather in reverse, and helps exhaust fumes that can hurt lungs of birds. My henhouse does not stink and we have 24 birds. So my ventilation has accomplished something. I am also doing some floodlights in run in case of predators/investigation of noises, etc.
     
  9. SimplyForties

    SimplyForties Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is no electricity in my coop so I'd have to say no! I can grab a flashlight on my way out there, if need be! [​IMG]
     
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  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:That's the way it is around here too. We have an overabundance of flashlights in this house.
    ETA: I do have electricity running to the coop, to power fans in the summertime. I don't add light in winter for the same reason Tuffoldhen stated.
     
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