Light color and egg laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by The Fairy Godmartyr, Dec 2, 2010.

  1. The Fairy Godmartyr

    The Fairy Godmartyr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2010
    Maybe this is a stupid question, but is the color of light important for egg laying? Right now, I have a high efficiency (doesn't put out heat) white light coming on twice a day to extend light for my chickens so they will lay (they all hit laying age right as the days started getting shorter--they still aren't all laying). It is supposed to get down into the teens some nights in the next week and I'm thinking about switching to a heat lamp over night (red bulb) to keep them warm since I haven't insulated the coop yet. Will the red light still stimulate them for egg production? Or will I need two separate lamps for heat and light?
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    You don't need heat for your chickens. As long as they in a coop that is free from drafts, they'll be fine. Chickens do quite well in the cold.

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