Light in the coop

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Yello, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. Yello

    Yello Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 29, 2011
    Northern WI
    My girls are about a month away from laying age (20 weeks I'm told). The days are getting shorter here in Northern Wisconsin. I keep a red heat light on at night in the coop and want to put a white light in there on a timer to extend their day light for laying. When would be the optimal time to do this? Right away or wait until they closer to laying age? Thanks ahead for comments!
  2. hmmcc123

    hmmcc123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2011
    University Place, WA
    I'm no expert but I think you should do it now. Doing it now gets their internal egg laying clock working with the added artificial lighting. Good luck!
  3. LT

    LT Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2011
    West Fork
    I am not an expert either, but I have read on here that it is best to add the light early in the morning rather than extending their day. So probably 5am would be ideal because sunrise is around 7:15 right now I think. Check your local time.
  4. boxermom

    boxermom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2009
    My coop light goes on at 0400 and turns off around 2:00 p.m. I have found, even with the light that if the hens haven't started to lay yet, they will wait until spring. I didn't get my first green egg until the next spring. My orpingtons were laying, so they continued to do so. EE's the same age waited.
  5. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    You really don't need extra lights for pullets under the age of 1 year old. They will lay through the winter, trust me.
  6. Dutchess

    Dutchess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:If you extend their day in the evening hours, there's a chance of them not being ready to roost when the light turns off. Morning hours seem to be the best way to add the light hours.
  7. vitpsu

    vitpsu New Egg

    Oct 6, 2011
    My 8 brown leghorns are about a month from laying age. I'd like to let them wait until spring. Can I keep them from laying by not supplying artifical light?
  8. MomToTheZoo

    MomToTheZoo Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 23, 2011
    Western Washington
    Quote:Thanks for that. I was on the fence with my almost 20 weekers.
    Since we are in the same neck of the woods (across the sound) do you find we need the light in the Fall Winter months for older than a year?
  9. coldupnorth

    coldupnorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2011
    N. MN
    My pullets started laying in November last year and laid throughout the winter in Northern Minnesota. They didn't seem to need an extra light, but were a little later to lay (around 25 weeks). They did get extra light when it got really cold, because we had to put a heatlamp in their coop.

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