i just put my chickens under lights to kick them back into laying. My question is does the type of light matter? I currently put in an LED bulb in hopes of conserving some energy. Does the light need to be incandescent or fluorescent to work?
Should be fine, as long as it's 'bright enough to read a newspaper at roost level'....and timer is set correctly to be consistent.My question is does the type of light matter? I currently put in an LED bulb in hopes of conserving some energy. Does the light need to be incandescent or fluorescent to work?
Newly laying pullets won't molt their first fall.I also like that their molt isn't as severe.
Do they actually molt the first year? Mine are about the same age and there was absolutely no molting.I have RIR pullets that will be 24 weeks old tomorrow (I think-haven't counted back today but I think that's it) and 10 of 12 for sure are laying (first flock so I can't quite figure out layers but I got 10 eggs today so at least 10 of them are). I use a 48" LED daylight (5000k) shop light So seems to be working!
I also like that their molt isn't as severe. We had a really good cold snap with the Arctic stream last week and I only see a few feathers here or there, rather than bald birds (note- no electricity in the coop long story but got a 12 gauge extension cord out there so no way to heat it and light it at the same time would overload circuit). Definitely going to keep on the supplemental lighting
So birds are about 18 months old?Thanks. I turned th light back on a week ago. It’s plenty bright. I have 20 layers. A few are molting for sure. But out of 20 I’m only getting about 4 eggs per day. Birds are in their 2nd season.
First adult molt happens their second fall/winter.Do they actually molt the first year? Mine are about the same age and there was absolutely no molting.
I just added an led light in the coop and run, but more for predator deterrant then laying.
Even without the light, the three that are laying, lay everyday.
No it's not on all night, they would never sleep.First adult molt happens their second fall/winter.
Is your light on all night, lighting up the inside of coop?
Of course chickens can see in the dark, they just don’t see very well in the dark.No it's not on all night, they would never sleep.
I'm experimenting with different times. Work location and schedule is changing. Right now it's on longer at night. They were fully active last night until 9pm. We had decent weather and that will change soon enough.
So this morning I put the light on in the coop and not in the run. The barred rock came out and was scratching around in the dark without issue. Caught me off guard because everyone says they can't see in the dark and she was having a good old time.