Light in Coop?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Shrader, Jan 19, 2008.

  1. Shrader

    Shrader Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I thought I read somewhere that during the winter some people put a light in their coop for a few hours -- and this stimulates egg production. Am I nuts? Anyone else hear this -- or do it? Thanks.
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    A light can help. It's best to put it on a timer to come on before daybreak and go off after the sun is up - extend the daylight to about 14 hours.

    Wait until before daybreak to have it turn on rather than leaving it on at night - that way they will all come to the coop as usual and go to bed as normal when the sun goes down - they'll just get up a bit earlier.
  3. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    I was just told today that the string of x-mas lights in my coop is probably what has kept mine laying all winter. I have it on a timer and it goes off at 9. I use it so they can have a little more time to get settled in.
  4. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    We have a light on a timer. goes on at 4 am and off at 7--when it gets light. I have 6 hens. I am getting 4 eggs a day compared to 5-6 during the summer.
  5. lilshadow

    lilshadow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 8, 2008
    Milaca, MN
    I have a heat lamp with a light on only because it is very cold here, but also to try and help with egg production(not working). I leave that on all night is this the wrong thing to do? What type of heat should I give to them, I assume that egg production slows in the winter, and sometimes even stops in the winter is this true?
  6. spottedtail

    spottedtail Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2007
    Just 12 hours of light is enough for good winter egg production.

  7. gmc

    gmc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2007
    Clay City, KY
  8. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
  9. tarheel4lif3

    tarheel4lif3 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 4, 2007
    where do you get these light timers at?
  10. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    So that a hen's body can get a break from egg laying in the winter, I don't light at night (ceramic heat lamp for heat, but no light). Still get an egg now and then anyway. They'll pick up the action in the spring, likely healthier from having had the naturally shorter days in winter........
    I do have a full spectrum light on in the daytime to cheer things up on gloomy winter days.

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