Extra Lighting Question

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by kyrose, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. kyrose

    kyrose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2009
    Melbourne,Ky.
    Hello,it seems as though the time change has affected not only myself but my birds.i heard them crowing when i got up at 5am.they usually dont crow til nearly 6.i do have neighbors and dont want to disturb them to early.i also feel bad that its getting dark earlier and light later in the morning,so they are locked up so long in the dark.i added 2 60 watt bulbs to the large coop and 1 to the small coop.do you think if i keep the lights on for them til 7 or 8 maybe that will put them back on schedule?opinions appreciated.
    thanks...
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't use extra light in my coop. I see no reason to mess with their natural cycles as long as I am getting all the eggs I can use, which I am.
     
  3. Chicken Rustler

    Chicken Rustler Grabs em n runs

    If you are going to use extra light (which I do) it is best to turn it on in the am and then just let them go to bed when the sun goes down. Chickens have near zero sight in the dark so if they are milling around then all of the sudden the lights go out where will they be for the night ??
     
  4. kyrose

    kyrose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2009
    Melbourne,Ky.
    im not worried about egg production,i was just hoping to create their summer schedule so maybe they wouldnt crow an hour earlier because of my neighbors.
     

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