Full spectrum bulbs?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by congdon476, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. congdon476

    congdon476 GaLLiNa LOcA

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    A lot of people talk about adding a full spectrum light to the coop to help with egg production. Is this s special light or as simple as buying one of those "reveal" light bulbs that claims to have fuller spectrum of colors (these are sold as regular house bulbs).
     
  2. 1acrefarm

    1acrefarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think just about any bulb helps.
     
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  3. lobb40118

    lobb40118 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a brooder lamp and point it at my waterer on a timer for 4 hours after dark. I also put some cayenne in the water and they started laying really good. I have 3 hens and they produce 2-3 eggs a day.
     
  4. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    I read that the light of one candle is enough light to trigger egg laying.
     
  5. Lee

    Lee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a simple night light in mine with a photo sensitive eye that makes it go off in the daylight.
     
  6. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
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    I don't know about the chickens, but I have wondered if the full spectrum bulbs in my lamps would help with the winter blues..
     
  7. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    I look for full spectrum light bulbs to provide more natural light but I don't provide significantly longer light because I want a hen's body to be able to rest during the shorter days of the year so she doesn't "burn out".
    JJ
     
  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I have a 11 watt red sign light bulb that stays on 24/7 and a 25 watt incandesant bulb that goes on a little before 5 am and off at 9 am. Most of my girs lay an egg a day. Out of 18 girls I generally get a dozen plus per/day.
     
  9. Portia

    Portia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any white light should do. Becky, the full spectrum give you a more natural light, but they aren't the lights that are prescribed for SAD.
     
  10. congdon476

    congdon476 GaLLiNa LOcA

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    Quote:Could be psychosomatic, but I do change out my regular bulbs with the "spectrum" bulbs in the winter and feel much better.
     

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