light question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sammy2, Dec 8, 2010.

  1. sammy2

    sammy2 In the Brooder

    Jun 12, 2010
    we have a light set up that isnt pointing to the chicken just to give her warmth overnight

    will this mess her up at all? (i am not worried about egglaying we havent had one in months just a general well being question)

  2. Cavendish Chickens

    Cavendish Chickens Songster

    Apr 24, 2010
    Summit County, Ohio
    A lot of people say not to use lights at night because it throws them off on when is the right time to sleep. We use heating pads for our chickens, but the hens won't sleep in the coop where the pads are. They prefer to sleep on top of the coop, while the roo sleeps inside the coop. They'll be getting a new coop and pen this coming spring, so for now I don't worry about making them go in. We tried a couple of times, and they just keep coming back out to sleep on top. It's enclosed in the pen, so they're safe from predators. I was originally going to use a space heater, but others on here pointed out to me how dangerous that could be. I think the heating pads turned out to be a good idea. They work great, and don't let the coop get too cold. (8' x 4' x 4') I just wish the girls would sleep in there. [​IMG]
  3. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I would be concerned that it would disturb their sleep. I'd like to use one to keep the waterer thawed but will probably end up getting a red heat lema because it doesn't seem to disturb their sleep.
  4. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Songster

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    Check out the thread "Think it's too cold for your chicken's? Think again..." You may find that you don't really need anything to keep them warm.
  5. azulrooster

    azulrooster In the Brooder

    Dec 9, 2010
    use a red heat lamp. using a regular light bulb will disturb their sleep and egg laying patterns.
  6. papeine

    papeine In the Brooder

    Sep 25, 2010
    In minnesota, we have had plenty of nights below zero.. I haven't heated the coop yet.. I just close the coop door so they are locked in at night.. I know it gets below fressing, cuz water has frozen. I have two new girls that aren't being accepted all that well by the others, so at night I but food and water up on the roost (where these two hang out). The water is always frozen by the next night. I think really, they ar edoing OK and I don't need to heat the coop... at least not yet...
  7. spartacus_63

    spartacus_63 Songster

    Aug 21, 2009
    Central Iowa
    I use a red heat lamp and have not noticed any disruption in their sleep. I also use a light on a timer. Many times the girls are on the roost asleep before the light goes out. Sometimes they even nap during the day...kinda like me.

    I'm in the camp that the light doesn't keep them awake. I'm also in the camp that thinks a light bulb is not a good way to thaw water. The exception to that would be lights in containers under the fountain...those work but certainly wouldn't bother the chickens.

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