Do I need light in coop with less daylight

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by wac, Sep 18, 2011.

  1. wac

    wac Out Of The Brooder

    May 3, 2011
    My pullets are starting to lay they are 5 months old. Now that the days are getting short should I add more light to help keep them laying this fall and winter? If so how much do they need? Thanks for you input
  2. madamwlf

    madamwlf Nevermore Acres

    Aug 22, 2010
    Mount Airy, MD
    I don't add light. If the ladies wish to take a little time off, I feel they deserve it. But most of my girls layed all through last winter with no extra light.
  3. jmarshall

    jmarshall Out Of The Brooder

    May 29, 2011
    Western NY
    Farmer friends of ours have a 10 year old daughter in charge of the chickens, and she does very well with her egg business. They just started the timer on their light for 5:30 a.m.; they swear by it.
  4. DebbieDee

    DebbieDee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2011
    I have heard extra light is not necessary. Some folks swear by it. I guess it depends on where you live and what breeds you have. I would not want to confuse my chickens. They seemed to be doing just fine....
  5. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    Smoky Mountains
    If I had older girls that have been laying all year, I wouldn't even consider it. However, I have 4 girls that are just now coming into laying, and I've heard that they might all just hold off until spring. I could really use their eggs...not sure what I'm going to do, so will watch this thread with interest...
  6. crosbygroup

    crosbygroup Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I agree with you! I have been adding extra light in the morning all year long and it did not help. Now, I can't stop because I don't want to shock the girls. My neighbor has the same type chickens and has better egg production and less molt and she does not use any extra light. [​IMG]
  7. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

    Jul 18, 2010
    Central Florida
    I dont give extra light, either. I prefer to keep the lighting situation as close to normal as possible. I didn't have a noticeable difference in a lack of eggs last year.
  8. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
  9. vclark321

    vclark321 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2011
    Bonney Lake
    I am glad you asked, because I was wondering the same thing. After reading the posts here I think I am going to skip the extra light and keep them on natures schedule. Lots of good information here. Thank you smart chicken people! [​IMG]
  10. busyteacher

    busyteacher Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 31, 2011
    We have a light on a timer for our girls inside our coop. It comes on about 7 PM (so that they come in) and goes off around 9 PM. We keep it on long enough so that when we go out there to close them up we have some light to see where everything is. We've stepped on a few eggs before. The light then comes back on around 6:00 AM so, again, my husband can see when he lets them out. It stays on until about 7 AM. Doesn't seem to bother them any and it's really more of a help and convenience for us so that we can see what we are doing. They will also come in earlier than normal if the light is on.

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