Light on or off?

cravenchx

Songster
8 Years
Aug 7, 2011
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Piedmont of NC
Still training my girls to come
in to the coop at twilight. I turn
the light on inside the coop to let them
see where they should be. They are not
yet laying, should I leave the light on at
night? Should I leave it on when they start
laying?
 

KDK1

Songster
8 Years
Jun 29, 2011
817
61
154
Tennessee Plateau
You only need extra light when the days get shorter if you want to fool your chickens into laying more eggs... I personally don't use this method.
I'm not in it for profit.
 

kevs-chickadees

Songster
8 Years
May 8, 2011
614
14
121
Mesa AZ
IF you decided to give extra light during winter months, I personally wouldn't leave it on all night. I thought I read somewhere 14 hour of light? Anyone?
 

Egghead_Jr

Crowing
10 Years
Oct 16, 2010
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3,547
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NEK, VT
Your birds should be comfortable enough with their coop to want to go in at night. It's their natural instinct. That being said, on warm nights they love to roost on top of it
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We add light when civil twilights are 12 hours apart. For us in Northern NH that's Oct. 15th when sunrise is 6:33 am to sunset at 6:35 pm. Using a multi switch timer and 13 w cool white energy bulb we have light for few hours in am then again in pm to make 12 hours total. Our hens didn't miss a beat in laying last winter with this method.
 

Nicole01

Crowing
8 Years
Mar 28, 2011
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106
268
MN
We won't use any extra light until the girls are locked in the coop with -20F temps outside. I don't have any windows in our coop with our door closed to the outside. All our ventilation is in our garage. We needed the light and will turn it on only during the sunlight hours.
 

turtlebird

Songster
Dec 11, 2009
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You are correct!

I only add light in the morning so the ladies go to roost with the natural sunset. That way they aren't caught wandering around when a light would turn off at night. This ofcourse means that they are up quite early with the MN winter light timer
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It is a little extra work, always turning the timer back - and then forwards after winter solstice. But, it works.
 

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