Infrared light vs. day length and egg production

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by btruenorth, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. btruenorth

    btruenorth New Egg

    Jan 18, 2011
    I have four 20 week-old chickens living in a enclosed coop with about a 10 sqft roosting box mounted
    above the ground. None of the girls are laying yet.

    We've been experiencing night time temperatures in the teens here so I have a 75 Watt
    infrared light in the roost box for warmth. A timer switches on the IR light at dusk and off at dawn.

    I haven't been able to find any information through County Extension or internet search regarding
    whether or not the additional 12 hours of IR could impact bird behavior or egg production.

    Have any of you run across any information about this?

    Thanks in advance
  2. dweder

    dweder Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 12, 2010
    Glen Ellyn, Illinois
    Not sure if this is the answer you're looking for but I will tell you what I do. I have a full spectrum bulb in my coop which mimicks natural sunlight. It is on a timer from 600 a.m. until 7:00 pm. I would guess that it is very similar to the light you are using.

    I am in Chicago. Cold winters, single digits most nights, and I do not provide additional heat.
  3. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 31, 2008
    IR will NOT stimulate egg production... the white light or broad spectrum will...

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