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light on all nite

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mrs.Puff, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. Mrs.Puff

    Mrs.Puff Songster

    Apr 16, 2008
    Southern Iowa
    One of my friends keeps a light on her hens all night long. She has a red heat lamp, and a white one. I was wondering if there's any problem with this. They lay okay, but the roosters are pretty aggressive and the girls have lost a lot of feathers. They are also loosing some feathers on their breast, which is not due to molting, as they are not old enough yet to molt. They're speckled sussex.
  2. Must Be Losing It

    Must Be Losing It Lost It

    Mar 3, 2008
    Uxbridge MA
    I keep an infrared on for heat only all night and shut it off at 5:00 a.m. and have no concerns. The white light though I cannot comment about. Funny, I have a bald chested Frizzle Cochin right now but she is definately molting. YUCK!! Bald chickens are not pretty
  3. first time farmer

    first time farmer Songster

    Dec 31, 2008
    New Hampshire
    I keep a light on all nigh and my hens seem fine they are all laying and are acting fine
  4. maine chicks

    maine chicks Songster

    Nov 10, 2008
    I keep a light on all night on one side of my coop as long as the temps are below freezing. The chickens are all laying (they are 8 months old) and some roost on the dark side while others like the heat from the light. I have guineas too and they roost farthest from the light. In the summer I have just a small night light on in case I have to go in there at night.
  5. FarmerChick

    FarmerChick Songster

    Jul 30, 2008
    North Carolina
    I have no artifical lights at night.
    All are doing fine.

    is the pen too crowded or something? just wondering cause usually if cramped those birds can sure eat each other up...lol
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm 10 Years

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I never had any problems with my rooster. I keep a 11 watt red sign light bulb on 24/7 in both of my coops. I have a 25 watt regular light that goes on around 5am in the big girls coop and off at about 9 am. I pretty much get an egg a day from all of them. When I do use a heat lamp I use a red 250 watt in a brooder lamp that is rated for 250 watts.
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2009
  7. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

    Apr 20, 2008
    Sherman, CT
    I keep a light on all night only in the winter months. The hens are laying great and they go to the nest boxes in the coop to sleep where its dark. I let mine have access to the run as I do not have a door on the coop. I've done this for years and have had no problem.
  8. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    Red lights will usally be ok to keep on (for heat) but keeping a white light on all the time is not good for the hens, as you see it can cause issues in the coop (feather picking) ALL animals need some dark time !!! They need about 14 hours of light a day to lay good anything over that is just a waste of light.

    Poor hens, tell her to give them a break at least a few hours a night so they can stop picking each other and get some sleep !!
  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:[​IMG] Or tell your friend to try sleeping with the lights on for about a week. By the end of the week she'll be ready to pick somebody's feathers out too!
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2009
  10. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm 10 Years

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Quote:If they are sleeping in the nest boxes do you get any poopy eggs?

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