Light ???

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Miz Mary, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. Miz Mary

    Miz Mary Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do chickens need light in thier coop at dusk, or will they go into a dark coop ??? Not for egg laying purposes, just to see ............
     
  2. Lbrad7

    Lbrad7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2010
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    If you have kept them in the coop and they are used to roosting in it, they will go back to it automatically and no light is needed. They know when its time to go to roost and allow themselves enough time to find their way around the coop before it gets too dark.
     
  3. Miz Mary

    Miz Mary Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are just 5 weeks, and havent been in thier new coop yet ........... in thier cage now they have a heat light that is turned on about dusk and kept on all night .......
     
  4. JLS

    JLS Love my feathered babies!

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    I agree with Lbrad7. When you finally move them out into the coop, you should keep them in the coop for several days before allowing them outside. This way they will want to go where it's familar when it starts to turn to dusk. They are truly amazing creatures!! I think it's wonderful that you're doing your homework before hand [​IMG] Keep up the good work!
     
  5. greenSearcher

    greenSearcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I moved my girls into the tractor then outside, I put a small red light to attract them into the coop. The warmth also attracts them, since mine usually go outside in Nov/Dec. Even in N TX it gets in the 30's at nights by then. The coops are about 60 ft from the house, so I use 2 long extension cords to get light out there. Will develop a water proof set up for winter.
     

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