light on for the birds or not

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Dilly, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. Dilly

    Dilly Cooped Up

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    Do you need to leave a light on for the chickens in the coop at night?
     
  2. Wooden_Pony

    Wooden_Pony Chillin' With My Peeps

    No, some people run a light during the winter months for a few extra hours to help keep egg laying up but they need darkness for a sound sleep.

    Even in my brooder I run the heat light during the day but at dusk I turn on the ceramic heater or these chicks will be up all night long doing things.

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  3. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

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    I will turn on a light on a timer in the coop a couple hours before dawn in the winter.
    Not for the eggs, but for "quality of life" haha. (See my "fusspot" reference here
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=46521&p=4)
    Who wants to be in the dark 16 hours a day in a PNW winter?

    I never leave it on at night because with my fusspot luck, a hen will be making the jump to the roost and the lights will go out.
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  4. Dilly

    Dilly Cooped Up

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    Thanks a timer would be great. I even have one. [​IMG]

    Your guys are the best. How are you doing bloomers?
     

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