Light on or off?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by cravenchx, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. cravenchx

    cravenchx Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2011
    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
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    They only need extra light in the Winter
  3. KDK1

    KDK1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    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.
  4. kevs-chickadees

    kevs-chickadees Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2011
    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?
  5. KDK1

    KDK1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:You are correct!
  6. cravenchx

    cravenchx Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2011
    Piedmont of NC
    So, as a nervous new mom of 14 beautiful
    chickens, I don't need to turn it on to lure
    them in the coop?
  7. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    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 [​IMG]

    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.
  8. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 28, 2011
    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.
  9. brahmakid11

    brahmakid11 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2011
    sitting on the toilet
    i do not think you need the light that much [​IMG]
  10. turtlebird

    turtlebird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2009
    Quote: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 [​IMG] It is a little extra work, always turning the timer back - and then forwards after winter solstice. But, it works.

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