Is Electric Light Needed?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by FFChick, Aug 2, 2008.

  1. FFChick

    FFChick In the Brooder

    Jul 27, 2008
    I was told that chickens need an electric light in a coop. My coop has two eastward facing windows do I still need a light. Do I keep burning the light all night? I currently have a 15 watt bulb in the coop that is on 24/7.
  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    I have no lights in my coops, I let them lay as nature intended, has always worked fine for me.
  3. my chickens are 12 weeks old and I have always left a light going in their coop. Should I stop doing that ? Should I put the light on a timer or is it harmful to leave the light on all night ?

    I have a standard 40 watt bulb in one of those reflector light bulb socket thingy's.

    Thanks for any help
  4. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    We have electricity in our coop only because we would like our hens to keep laying in the winter so they need their 14 hours of daylight. We will keep the light on until about 8pm at night and then go out to turn it off.
  5. ridgefire

    ridgefire Songster

    Jan 8, 2008
    Northern Michigan
    I have a electric in my coop, but its only because my coop is part of my main barn. I dont leave a light on for them, they seem to like it better with no light. I know a few times the light got left on well past dark and when I went out to shut it off the girls were very restless till I shut the light off.

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