Lighting for winter

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by justlearning, Sep 23, 2011.

  1. justlearning

    justlearning Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok going into my first winter. How much daylight do they need so they do not drop production? Also is it better to extend the daylight in the morning or at night or does it matter. How much light do they actually need? Want to do the coop updates before it gets too cold, and we have already lost over an hour of sunlight.
     
  2. poofball

    poofball Out Of The Brooder

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    I Have been told 12 hours a day My personal ap it is beter to add light in the evening added in morning starts them crowing early.
     
  3. krcote

    krcote Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They need a total of 14 hours to continue production at the same rate. Since chickens aren't the smartest creatures on the planet, you want the light on an automatic timer to come on in the wee hours of the morning and shut off once the sun is fully up. If you do it in the evening, the light will shut off on them and they aren't likely to be roosted or finished their daily routines, leaving them confused in the dark. Good luck!
     
  4. poofball

    poofball Out Of The Brooder

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    crcote sorry you are correct.
     
  5. justlearning

    justlearning Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you. Since we finally are getting eggs, I don't want them to slow down. Still waiting on a few of the girls to start laying.
     

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