light on after brooding

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lambergirl, Aug 7, 2007.

  1. lambergirl

    lambergirl Hatching

    Aug 7, 2007
    Northland, Michigan
    I just read that after the brooding stage,don't have lights on at night. All types of poultry need a period of darkness. Leaving light on all night creates stress in the birds to the point of breaking down with diseases. Is this true and if so, when is the brooding stage over?
  2. momma-hen

    momma-hen Songster

    Jan 25, 2007
    Quote:I use reptile warmers and thus never have a light on at night. They are ceramic "bulbs" that don't emit any light.....just heat. During the day, I use full spectrum bulbs for light.

    PS. I got them on ebay [​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2007
  3. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    It is true that its not healthy to have a light on all the time. It throws the birds all out of whack because then they never know when to lay their eggs, eat food, or sleep. If you want to increase egg production, put a light on a timer and set if for early morning, say 4 or 5 AM, and just have it go off when it gets daylight.

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