light on for the birds or not

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

  1. Dilly

    Dilly Cooped Up

    Apr 15, 2008
    Do you need to leave a light on for the chickens in the coop at night?
  2. 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.

    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 16, 2008
  3. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    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
    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.
    hop-Click-THUNK!-BOCK!!!!! [​IMG]
  4. Dilly

    Dilly Cooped Up

    Apr 15, 2008
    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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