Lighting-how much is enough

4ee2buff

In the Brooder
9 Years
May 18, 2010
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Hello BYC friends,

I have had to move my chickens due to coyotes in the area. They are now house in a coop which is safe but receives very little light (sometimes none). In the morning there is a dim filtered sunlight that hits their roost. Soon they will have access to a run that is covered and enclosed with a ceiling and 3 walls. filtered light enters on one side, there are some darker areas within the run.

So I guess my question is how strong does the light need to be? is filtered sunlight enough light?

When I use a light within their coop what type of light does it need to be? Do energy efficient light bulbs work?

Thanks
Colleen
 

AKsmama

Songster
9 Years
Jun 20, 2010
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South Carolina
Half a foot candle is all they need for egg-producing. That means just enough light for you to read a newspaper 6 inches from your eyes. Whether you provide anything stronger is your personal choice. I would think filtered sunlight would be sufficient. We have a single LED bulb in our coop that works well. Just make sure they have enough light at night to be able to see to get on the roosts.
 

woodmort

RIP 1938-2020
9 Years
Jul 6, 2010
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I have a 20w Bright Stick for a 12 X 12 coop--seems to work just fine and easy to install.
 

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