How much light do I need in the coop during the fall/winter months?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by sshavney, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. sshavney

    sshavney Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are trying to outfit my new 8x12 lofted shed/coop for the fall/winter low light months to keep the hens laying as normal as possible. The shed faces south and has two windows on the front. I have 9 5wk olds that will be sharing the coop (separated of course and with a heat lamp). The adults are pretty much free range, and will only use the coop to lay eggs and hang out. I know I will need to put roosts in and nesting boxes, anything else I might be missing?
     
  2. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Enough to extend their days to 14 hours if you want them to lay through winter.
    First year pullets will lay with no extra light added.
     
  3. sshavney

    sshavney Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks [​IMG]
     

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