Light on 24/7 or not?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by lhousesoccer, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. lhousesoccer

    lhousesoccer Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi - I'm a newbie with chickens. Working on my page right now to get pics up. Got my first 12 chicks ever on May 7, and I built a coop from scratch. My chickens are growing like crazy, and seem to be quite happy and cozy in the coop right now. I have a quick question. I've been running a heat lamp since I got them but now it's in the mid 80's and I think they're warm enough, even overnight. So I switched out the heat lamp for a compact fluroescent 15-watt bulb just for light. My question is, should I run the light all night long, or are the chickens OK being in the dark. Probably a silly question, so sorry for asking if it is.

    Thanks!

    Question 2 I need to post - I haven't built roosts yet. With 12 chickens, I think I need two rows of roosts. What spacing should I use for the distance between the top roost and the bottom roost?
     
  2. Boo-Boo's Mama

    Boo-Boo's Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will be fine in the dark.

    Good luck with your babes! [​IMG] You are ahead of us...working on their run then will remodel a shed for their coop. We are right at 100 degrees; sure wish we had been able to get this done in March or April! [​IMG]
     
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    It really is your decision.

    I have a light on 24/7, not a problem.

    Imp
     
  4. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

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    Light on or off is fine, whatever you're comfortable with.

    The roosts need to be higher than nest boxes and I suggest putting them at the same height so there is no king of the hill. I'm planing on doing 2 roosts parallel in my coop with about 18" between them. That's just my figuring though.
     
  5. GoAngels

    GoAngels Out Of The Brooder

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    The light is more for heat than light. A CF bulb hardly puts out any heat, so it really isn't necessary.
     
  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Quote:What I was going to say.
     
  7. lhousesoccer

    lhousesoccer Out Of The Brooder

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    Great - thanks everyone who answered. Mostly I need the light to go out just at dark and top up their feed and water, but I don't have a switch - it's just a bulb on an adapter plugged into an extension cord run from the garage. It seemed really bright in there and I wasn't sure if that would interfere with their sleep. I think I'll go to the hardware store tomorrow and try and get a really dull light bulb, instead of the bright white compact fluorescent.
     

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