Lights in the coop? Need Some Help With This!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by greenhead, Oct 10, 2009.

  1. greenhead

    greenhead Out Of The Brooder

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    what kind of lights are you suppossed to use?? how long so you keep the lights on?
     
  2. ecocheapomom

    ecocheapomom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is our first year with chickens so I was unsure about the lights, but I always talk to this chicken farmer at the Farmers Market when I have questions. According to him, a compact fluorescent bulb that is equal to a 60 watt is fine (that's what we are using). He told me to look at a sunset calendar online and then count back 13 hours from sunset and have the light go on at that time. Then, in a month or so, we will up that to 15 hours before sunset. Once the sun is fully up (he said 8:30am), the light can go off. So we set a timer that has the light turning on at 5:15am right now and going off at 8:30am. Hope this helps. Some other folks might know better.
     

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