Hours of light

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tadyergey, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. tadyergey

    tadyergey Out Of The Brooder

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    How many hours of light do the ladies need to keep laying? When should I add artificial light to keep them laying thorough the winter?
     
  2. Egg Rookie 2010

    Egg Rookie 2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read 12-14 hours. Hubby just trenched to put power and water at the coop. Im hanging a 4 foot fluorescent light in there this weekend and a timer to turn it on at about 4:30am and off at 3pm so they have a natural dusk and go to bed time. All the neighborhood roo's start making a racket at 4:30am no matter if it is light or not so it seems a good time for that. Good luck with your efforts!
     
  3. DMRippy

    DMRippy Pallet Queen Premium Member

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    I have read that you need to let them go to bed naturally and not suddenly. I will be adding light soon too, I don't want to lose my egg production completely. I will not tell my son they will start crowing so early now [​IMG] I don't think I will keep the lights on all day unless it is cloudy for several days, that just seems to costly... chickens are supposed to be cheap to keep [​IMG]
     

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