light in coop?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lisamarie, Sep 21, 2008.

  1. lisamarie

    lisamarie Out Of The Brooder

    May 12, 2008
    northern california
    hi all, i'd like my chickens to continue to lay over the winter. wondering when i should start using light in coop and how long i keep it on for during day/night?
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    I can tell you what we plan on doing: After the time change at the end of october, we will have a light on for them for 5 am until 8 pm. They need 12-14 hours of light to continue to be good layers. So, we are going with a light to keep the eggs coming. We go through too many to have them stop.
  3. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    We have lights in our coops and our hens never skipped a beat all last winter.
  4. donnaIL

    donnaIL Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 3, 2008
    I leave a light on in the coop 24/7..I'm just not avail to turn on & off every day. The coop is large enough that heat doesn't seem to be a problem. Is there any problem with this? donna
  5. kristenm1975

    kristenm1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    Hey DonnaIL, you might try picking up a timer at a hardware store. I don't think they cost much, at most $20, and then you could have the light timed to go off at night and on again in the morning. I think having the light on all the time might stress the chickens out, or wear them down. Plus, you'll save on the cost of electricity if you have a timer.
  6. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    I think I read somewhere where a hen lays an egg every 25 hours, so having the light on 24/7 could possibly throw them off schedule.
  7. SSO202

    SSO202 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 16, 2008
    Hartwood, VA 22406
    Yes light on 24/7 can throw them off according to what I have read on here before. I would put it on a timer.
  8. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 10, 2008
    Lakeland, FL
    What about if you need a light for warmth in the winter?
  9. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Originally when the girls were small I left a light on 24/7. Later, I put a timer on so it would go on about 5am.and off at 8am. The timer died so I left the light off for awhile. I thought because it was summertime and the days were at their longest, no light wouldn't affect them, but their egg production did go down a little. I have a small light on again 24/7 and it doesn't seem to affect their laying habbits. They seem to lay better with the light on. I do have a red heat lamp i use in their coop in the winter. I had that on a timer to, so it would go on in the evenings and off in the mornings. They would be in their yard most of the time during the day.
  10. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    Quote:It's always best to use the red bulbs.

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