Lighting the coop-extend morning or evening?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by YankeeRider, Sep 9, 2009.

  1. YankeeRider

    YankeeRider Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm at the point of wiring my coop for lighting for the shorter days which are approaching. My plan is to have an outdoor light over the people door and an interior light to facilitate watering, feeding, and also to extend daylight hours for egg laying productivity.

    The original plan to keep things simple was to set it up with both interior and exterior lights coming on at dusk and shutting off at about 8 p.m. However, I am concerned that when the light suddenly shuts off in the evening, it'll be too dark for the hens to get on their roosts.

    The alternative is to have the lights come on at about 4 am and shut off at daylight, but this will not help when I do the evening checks/chores after returning home from work.

    My current plan is to have the automatic lights come on in the evening, and provide a night light that will be on for an hour starting just before main light shutoff. This ought to provide a "twilight" to allow the ladies to roost.

    How do BYC'ers who extend daylight hours do it? Does my plan including a night light to "soften" the darkening sound workable?
  2. havi

    havi [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Si

    Mar 23, 2008
    Waco, Texas
    I will have to find it, but I was just reading about this and they say you want to add it in the morning. You dont want to extend their day, it messes them up. You want to have the light come on earlier in the morning and shut off when the sun comes up. to find that page again..
  3. patman75

    patman75 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have read morning, it is also the coldest in the morning so the light will help increase the temperature a little.
  4. Country Heart

    Country Heart City Girl With A

    If you are going to do it, I've read that morning is the best time.
  5. Terri

    Terri Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 1, 2008
    Level Cross, NC
    I have read to extend artifical light in the AM
  6. Rafter 7 Paint Horses

    Rafter 7 Paint Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
    East Texas
    We extend in the morning. That way there is not a sudden darkness at night.
    They can get ready for bed naturally, and have time to get everything and everyone adjusted before it is dark.

  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    If you wear a headlamp for your evening chores, it will not bother the chickens nor wake them off the roost (it doesn't for mine, anyhow)


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