Does artificial lighting affect molt?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by yomama, Oct 15, 2010.

  1. yomama

    yomama Overrun With Chickens

    I have a 25w light in my 8' x 4' coop that is on a timer. I have it so that it turns on at 5am, giving my chickens apx 13 hrs of daylight. ( was 14, but the days are getting shorter, and I haven't adjusted the timer yet) My first question is, is that enough light, since their egg laying has still decreased? Also, will having the light on affect them going into a molt? I thought that chickens start to molt as the days shorten, and I'm wondering if the extra lighting is messing with that. I have 8 chickens,and aside from my rooster loosing his "pony tail" feathers, as I call them, about a month ago, no one is molting as far as I can tell. Thanks for any input!!
     
  2. Boo-Boo's Mama

    Boo-Boo's Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    How old are your chickens?
     
  3. yomama

    yomama Overrun With Chickens

    I have 3 hens that are just about 2 years old, and 5 that are a little over 8 months. Surprisingly, it is two of the older two that still lay pretty consistantly, one still almost everyday.( one hasn't laid in forever, not sure why) Now that I think about it, the younger ones may be too young for a molt? I am wondering about the older ones though. When I got the older ones at a year old, they had just finished up a molt, with one still in the tail end of hers. That was before Halloween. So far, no sign of any molt this year.
     
  4. yomama

    yomama Overrun With Chickens

    Anyone have any ideas???
     
  5. Boo-Boo's Mama

    Boo-Boo's Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine are young, so no molt this year. Sorry I can not help you with your question on the light and when they will molt. Good luck.
     

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