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Lighting the coop

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by masonsdad, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. masonsdad

    masonsdad In the Brooder

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    Anyone have an opinion for the long winter? Light or no light?
     

  2. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Crowing

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    I light the coop for a couple of extra hours in the evening. a couple of 60 watters. It's up to each to decide but I need the eggs.

    I wish you lots of eggs,

    Rancher
     
  3. Clay Mudd

    Clay Mudd Songster

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    I go with no light, but I don't really think of either way as right or wrong.



    Pretty wishy-washy answer, eh? [​IMG]
     
  4. roxyblue

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    Personally I like to give my girls a break. I've heard that they lay longer if you let them take a breather every now or then. But like Clay Mud said: neither way is a right or wrong
     
  5. mstricer

    mstricer Crowing

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    No light, I wish I were getting eggs.
     
  6. BrewedInNh

    BrewedInNh Songster

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    I add a couple of hours of light in the early morning and let them go to bed with the natural sunset. I use an outdoor LED rope light to minimize energy usage and added heat.
     
  7. TDM

    TDM Songster

    I have my mobile hen houses corralled next to the dairy barn for the winter. The lights go on about 2:00 AM and go off at 8:00 AM. By 11:00 am about 95% of the hens are done laying. At 5:00 PM the hens are on their roosts for the night.
     

  8. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member

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    I have used light in the past, but haven't started yet this winter. Got tired of extension cords, so got my coop wired a couple of weeks ago. Just got a timer, so now I need to get a light down there. Question for those who do use lights - would you suggest gradually adding light, like 1/2 hour more every few days, or just go for all the extra hours in one shot?
     
  9. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

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    I don't use light. I've got RSLs though, which lay consistently, light or not. [​IMG]
     
  10. ThePigeonKid

    ThePigeonKid Songster

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    ray's two cents :

    I don't use light. I've got RSLs though, which lay consistently, light or not. [​IMG]

    Whats a Rsls? [​IMG]
     

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