Light in the coop

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by RoosterRidge, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. RoosterRidge

    RoosterRidge Songster

    Jun 14, 2011
    Dry Fork, Va.
    Really are wondering if we should be doing this or not. When the heat light was no longer needed by the chickens, we turned it off. Needless to say we decided to unplug it, right before dark one evening. The chicks cried and sounded like they did when they were a few days old. I could not stand to hear them crying like they were scared to death. We then put in a regular low wattage bulb and they were fine. We have even tried to sneak down when they are sleeping and turn it off, they cry immediately. Are we ruining them by letting them have a night light? As soon as I turn the light on they start going into the coop from their run. We would like to eventually let them become free range, but worry that they won't return to the coop without the light. We have a long way to go before even trying to let them go loose for a few hours a day.
  2. Chickencoop1996

    Chickencoop1996 Songster

    Apr 28, 2011
    southern nh
  3. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. I had the same problem recently. I used a 4 watt night light and plugged it in close to them and gradually moved it further and further away from them so the darkness would creep up slowly. They no longer have the light and are doing just fine. [​IMG]
  4. jtbrown

    jtbrown Songster

    Mar 30, 2011
    Southeastern Ohio
    [​IMG] also from Ohio. I was lucky, my little ones did fine without a light, they safe, I just forgot to turn it on one night, went out after dark all was quiet and they were fine. Whew, I lucked out. Good luck.
  5. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Good advice given. Good luck [​IMG]
  6. chi-rn

    chi-rn Chirping

    Jun 11, 2011
    We turned coop light off, but left more distant porch light on that shone into coop area for a while. They did fine! Their little peeps sure make you think they're hyperventilating, but they do settle down quickly. Welcome from NC!
  7. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Louisiana! I've realized one thing raising chickens. They hate change, so it takes them awhile to get used to something different!! Good Luck!
  8. hcppam

    hcppam Songster

    Been thinking of putting a solar shed light in, it will stay on a few hours then run out? [​IMG]
  9. RoosterRidge

    RoosterRidge Songster

    Jun 14, 2011
    Dry Fork, Va.
    Thanks everyone for the info. I was thinking maybe I was making a mistake leaving a light on. You have all been so helpful. I never knew they could make themselves sound like little peeps again. Turned that light off and had never heard such crying in my life.
  10. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    Hello [​IMG] from Hesperia,CA and [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

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