1. i am wondering how many folks do lights inside the coop for their chickens at night. i read one member, with a modified chick-n-barn, put in red rope lights. My kids slept with red heat lamps for a large part of their young life while inside and they seemed fine.

    i have recently put a small string of colored xmas lights inside the pen so i can see at night if i go in there. But the kids are in their coops with closed doors or drapes over the openings. Does anyone think it is important to have lights of any kind inside the coop for the chickens to see at night? Just wondering if this would keep them up, or be comforting, allowing them to see as they move around inside.

    Thanks for any input.
  2. joshchickens

    joshchickens In the Brooder

    Sep 29, 2007
    hey i have christmas lights on the outside of the coop to see where im going. on the inside i have a heat lamp but thats it i dont usually put lights in my coop but since winter is gonna be a cold one i put the heat in there
  3. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    It depends on where you live, what kind of chickens you have, and what is your purpose for the lights? chickens don't need a "night light". If there are a lot of birds and they are in a "sound" coop, then no need for heat. For instance...I use the deep litter method and my coop room is snug so there will be no need for a heat lamp unless I see my chickens huddled together for warmth. I have a florencent (sp) light inside that I turn on to do a head count and then I unplug it. Some folks use rope lighting to see by and it is in red so the chickens aren't bothered by the light. Some folks use a reg. light and keep it on for so many hours just to keep their chickens laying longer. So you see it depends on exactly why you want a light in there. If you think your chickens are cold then by all means put a red bulb in so they will receive heat from it. I hope I haven't confused you? [​IMG]

    And welcome to BYC Josh
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2007
  4. i understand the need for a heat lamp when it gets cold. Here in Southern California, i may only need that one or two days a year. i'm not considering a light in the coop to make them lay more in the winter months. i suppose i was wondering if the chickens would "like" a light inside their coop. i know chickens have a hard time seeing at night, so wondered if it would make them more comfortable to have a night light in their coops. Also, perhaps a night light would help them see if a predator was trying to get in. i only ponder this after seeing another member who put the red rope lights in their coop. Maybe they did that for warmth.
  5. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    If your coop is very secure I wouldn't bother with a "night light" unless it is something you want to do as they do not need it. Try it and see which way you prefer but like I said, it would be for you not for the chickens. [​IMG]
  6. Well, i guess the xmas lights outside in the pen are good enough. They allow me to see around the outside of their coops in case i need to go out there at night. But they are snug and dark inside their coops.

    i remember years ago when i had chickens, they never had lights out there. But one nasty winter it went below freezing, so i put a heat lamp out for them. i was so worried so kept going out to check on them. i found them wide eyed, staring at that dang light all night. That can't be very restful!
  7. allen wranch

    allen wranch Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    San Marcos, TX
    I use 7 watt night lights in my coops so I can check on the birds without turning on the regular lights.

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