I just read that chicken do need a minimum of 12+hours some say even 14h - and would a lamp in their coop be able to supplement and if so where they roost or in the run? Sorry for so many questions - these are my first chicken. Also I checked and nowhere in the US do we have at the moment even close to 12h day light - does that mean there are no free ranging/ pasture chicken eggs produced at the moment??? I assumed they slow down but not stop all together
Great set up thanks for the reply. Just one more question do you have light where they sleep or in the run? I have an upstairs where they roost and than they walk a ramp down where the spend the day. I will have to do solar as there is no electricity but that should work. I already have the door and electric fence hooked up solar.We have 1 light in their coop. It is wired to a timer, and I have the light on for a few hours in the morning (beginning at 5am, I think), then off 9am-4pm as it is daylight, then on again 4-8pm. We only just installed this a week or so ago, so I can't speak to how much of an egg production impact it will have.
We were getting 7-9 eggs a day from 12 hens (although it seems our 3 white egg layers aren't even laying at all..or ever...so really 9 laying hens). As the natural light was reduced and we had not yet installed the artificial light, we had a decrease in egg production to around 3-5 per day. Now with the light on for the past week or so, we are around 4-6 eggs per day. We don't have production birds, so we would never expect a consistent 1/day from each hen anyway. If we get an avg of 5/day through the winter, I'll be happy.
Here is our electric set-up in the coop: The only reason we installed electric is because we had to completely re-do the electric in the barn due to chewed wires and old installation issues from previous owners. Otherwise, it would have been unlikely that we would have installed electric just for chickens. Also, this coop wall is about 24" (yes, 2 feet) behind the barn, so it was conveniently located.
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