How much light since winter coming??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by McClellan_Coop, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. McClellan_Coop

    McClellan_Coop Out Of The Brooder

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    How many hours of light does a chicken need to keep laying in winter???
     
  2. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    14. I have been supplementing about 3 hours of light lately.
     
  3. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    I'm in Ohio too. I shut the coop windows now, since it's been cold and rainey in my area, and so I turn the lights on around 7:00 am, and I shut them off at 9:00pm.
     
  4. McClellan_Coop

    McClellan_Coop Out Of The Brooder

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    Do you have a certain type of light or just any light?
     
  5. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Our supplemental light comes on a 5 am year around. I feed at 6 am anyhow, so I need the light too.

    It goes off at 10 am. Whenever the sun sets, year around, they go to their roosts naturally, whenever it is. Our first year pullets lay well their first winter and don't need a lot of encouragement.
     
  6. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    Quote:I use one of the 13w compact fluorescent bulbs on a timer. Just enough to see (don't want to step on any babies!) but not a fire hazard. [​IMG]
     
  7. GA_Gypsy

    GA_Gypsy Out Of The Brooder

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    I am very interested to learn the answer to this question, also!

    1. I'd love to know what type of bulb should be used to just give them the 14 hrs of light they need.

    2. However, at what temp should I start using the heat lamp? It's going to dip into the 30s in a few nights, so I was starting to get concerned. Do I leave that on all night? If so, how does that affect their production? I also dont' want to bake them, if that's possible.

    Thanks!
     
  8. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    Quote:1. Doesn't matter... use what you have.
    2. -75°F.


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    Yes, it IS possible to bake them. [​IMG]
     
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  9. TDM

    TDM Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:If you can barely read a newspaper in your coop (0.5 foot-candle), then it may be enough light to affect production for leghorns. Dual purpose breeds need 2 to 5 foot-candles.

    http://umaine.edu/publications/2227e/

    We light the hen houses in the early morning to provide 16 hours of total light.
     
  10. WriterChick

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    Mrs. AK-Bird-Brain :

    Quote:1. Doesn't matter... use what you have.
    2. -75°F.


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    Yes, it IS possible to bake them. [​IMG]

    I'm lighting the coop with white indoor/outdoor christmas lights - what I happened to have on hand - it's festive. I was surprised at how much light two strands of that stuff gives off! [​IMG]
     

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