Lighting in the coop?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mothernature, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. mothernature

    mothernature In the Brooder

    Apr 13, 2011
    I have 15 chicks that are 29 days old: Should I let a light on in the coop through the night and on cloudy days?

  2. Do you mean a heat lamp? I wouldn't leave a light on - I don't think chickens are afraid of the dark - it's their time to snuggle in and snooze like everyone else.
  3. AlienChick

    AlienChick Songster

    Apr 9, 2010
    Glasgow, KY
    Yeah, they need to sleep at night so you wouldn't want to leave the light on.

  4. hannakat

    hannakat Songster

    Jun 5, 2010
    Beaver County, PA
    It all depends on the temperature. If it's cool, then I would use a light since they are so young. If it's warm...they don't need it.

  5. mothernature

    mothernature In the Brooder

    Apr 13, 2011
    Ok. Thank you all very much. I've been leaving a light on just incase anyone got hungry during the night.
  6. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    At 4 weeks old...hmmm...I'd probably start leaving it off. Little ones do eat even during the night, but they're probably old enough not to do that at this point. Or you could give it one more week - or maybe just a nightlight for another week or two??

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