False light in the coop-Is it time to take it out?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Luanna, Mar 11, 2015.

  1. Luanna

    Luanna In the Brooder

    Nov 2, 2014
    Independence, Ky
    I put a light bulb in my coop over the winter to get the girls to continue to lay. They get up at 4am and went to bed at 6pm.
    The time change was just this past weekend and so my question is:

    Is it now time to take that light out of the coop?
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    You need to take it out when the natural daylight length equals your artificial daylight length. If you take the light out before the day lengths are equal, the days getting “shorter” could trigger a molt.

    The chickens don’t care about daylight savings time. They care about how long the day is. If you make adjustments be careful to not change the total length of daylight for them.
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  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I've already started adjusting the timer so it comes on later in the morning.....
    ....because of both the DST and the lengthening days.

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