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lighting question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Elly, Aug 18, 2008.

  1. Elly

    Elly In the Brooder

    Aug 18, 2008
    I have gotten four chickens recently that live in a 8X10 metal shed with an outdoor run attached which is also 8X10. Right now the slidding doors are kept open with a screened door infront to keep my gals in. The only light they get is when they go outside. Even with the shed doors open it is pretty dark inside. They can go outside when ever they want, but tend to stay inside more then out???.All four came from a local breeder that had them out side in large fenced in area.

    Do I need to put a light inside for them. They are about 18 weeks old now. No eggs yet... but hopeful

  2. houndit

    houndit There is no H or F in Orpington!

    Jul 13, 2008
    Braymer Missouri
    Probably not, as long as they have acses to light.
  3. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    we added a light in our hen house only because we want to try to keep them laying through the winter but if you don't mind them slowing on the laying in the cooler months then it should be fine. I wouldn't think it would harm them as long as they can get to light if they choose to.
  4. sammy

    sammy Songster

    Jul 8, 2008
    does adding a light keep them warmer in the cold as well?

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