Light wattage for coop

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jkg, Jan 26, 2009.

  1. jkg

    jkg Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 26, 2009
    What kind of wattage light do I need to trick my chickens into laying more eggs? The specifics of my application are putting it in a roughly 4'x6' coop. I happen to have a low voltage lighting system for landscape lights that is already on a timer and is only a few feet away from the coop, so I'd just tap into that system... I was thinking of maybe a 20 watt halogen. It is relatively warm where we are, so heat output makes no difference... just looking to simulate more daylight. I'd like to use the smallest light possible in order to not tax the existing system more than required.
  2. spatcher

    spatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2008
    Virginia - Southside
    I am using 40W energy savers and its working out real good. 16 out of 17 hens layed today.
  3. chickenlady

    chickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2007
    Stillwater, NJ
    I also use 40W energy savers. Works great!
  4. curliet

    curliet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2008
    west Michigan
    I use the little appliance light bulbs as well, 40 watt. They don't give off heat, just low level light, and work really well. My nine girls lay anywhere from 6 to 9 eggs and we are in a cold climate where it's very cloudy and dismal most of the winter. I think that's pretty good.
  5. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    Welcome to BYC, jkg!

    I use an 11 watt compact fluorescent light (CFL) in the insulated room of my coop. It is 3.5' by 7.5' so very similar in size to yours. I don't know much about halogen lighting, however. My birds are laying well.

    Chickens have a poor ability to see in low-light situations but bright light can cause behavior problems. They may start pecking each other in those conditions.

    If I remember right, 10 lux (1 foot candle) in their "work area" is considered adequate. (The most important work area for a chicken coop is the feed and water [​IMG].) So, we are talking about illumination. Illumination is sometimes measured at the bulb for lights and that's not very helpful.

    The rule of thumb is that you should be able to read a newspaper if it is held in that area.

    Here's an article that explains a poultry scientist's ideas on lighting.

    It is not bright/bright but should be comfortable.

  6. Chipper

    Chipper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2009
    Washington County, NY
    I would use a 40 watt compact fluorescent that screws into a regular light socket and only draws 10 watts.They also last longer than incandescent bulbs.I have one in my 8'x10' coop with a reflecting light fixture and it works great.[​IMG]
  7. KYBOY

    KYBOY Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2008
    My coops are 10x10 or 10x12 and I use 40W bulbs..They work fine.

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