Do you have a light in your coop? Why or why not?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by acissej, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. Thomas423

    Thomas423 Songster

    Mar 21, 2009
    Port Deposit, MD
    I have a light with a dimmer switch on the outside of coop in weather-proof box. I asked DH to install the dimmer switch because I didm't like the idea of the light "suddenly" going out and the girls having to fumble finding the roosts and such. Another reason for the dimmer switch is because they get up and around if I turn on the light full bright after they have settled down.
    During the winter months we turn on the light before dusk and then around 9 pm we dim it. It takes about 15 mins for the last one to mosey onto the roost. I watch them through the window and then turn the light off.
    DH has them trained to move much faster though. He flashes the light and they hustle to get up on roosts. It's funny. They know he has no patience.

    The downfall is the coop gets messier and they eat more food.

    This summer we are going to add a light to the run so they won't spend as much time inside. It will be on a timer to go off around 8:30pm.

    I don't use the light just for eggs, although that is a plus. I do it because the girls seem to like the longer days of summer and winter days are just so short.

    BTW, in March, we stopped using the light since the days were starting to get longer and I figured they needed a break from egg laying and a "short" winter season. The egg production dropped by over a half and they went into a molt. That might be a plus too, since they didn't lose feathers in the fall when it was cold and they needed them.
  2. sian

    sian In the Brooder

    Nov 17, 2009
    Purcellville VA
    I just asked DH for solar powered lights for my birthday :) One will be a motion sensor light for the outside that I want for the winter when I m fumbling around in the dark to even get to the chicken house, the other is a shed light that I can switch on when I am inside the chicken house checking everyone and filling up water/ feed etc for the next day. I am only going to use the lights when I'm out there at night. My chickens free range during the day and put themselves to roost at night, but that's when I generally go out there to fill the feed and water. I have about 45 and try to keep it around that number (I have show quality Andalusians, pet quality Silver Lakenvelders and Cubalayas of varying ages for sale if anyone is interested :))
  3. gogoalie

    gogoalie Songster

    May 15, 2010
    Where can I buy a timer?
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Free Ranging

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    I don't have a light. I prefer to let the girls have a break from laying if they need it.

    I did try to add a light once when we had unusually cold weather, and I had 2 birds in the middle of a molt. It triggered my automatic door opener, so they didn't get the light.
  5. Peppermint

    Peppermint Songster

    I like the idea of solar powered LED christmas lights in the coop. That allows a little extra light in the winter months, and the intensity of the light slowly decays, ie. not on all night long.
  6. chicnfarmer

    chicnfarmer Songster

    May 21, 2010
    I don't run a light because my coop is too far away from a power outlet and I am afraid of the increased risk of fire that running 200' of extension cord would entail. I also like that my hens slow down a bit when they don't have access to the outdoors during the winter - increasing light could/would increase grain consumption.
    BUT... my hens stopped laying completely for about 3 months last winter, so I could easily change my mind.
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2010

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