Maintaining light for 16 hours

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Stephen518, Sep 9, 2011.

  1. Stephen518

    Stephen518 In the Brooder

    May 24, 2011
    I have been reading many post about lighting and I am interested in the benefits of keeping the correct type and amount of light on my flock as a way of improving egg production. Answers to my question will for the most part will only be subjective but I will ask anyway. What percentage of increased egg production could a person expect to get from first year hens that are given the correct type and amount of lighting?
  2. citychickx6

    citychickx6 Songster

    May 14, 2011
    First let me say [​IMG] .

    Second to answer your question as best as I can.
    While in the country I had 28 laying hens all Black Austrolorp. The only additional lighting they had was when I went in with a flash light to close things up or open in the morning. I did have a red heat lamp and used it when the temps went below 20 degrees. I saw no drop in egg production in the winter and only a slight drop in the hot part of the summer.

    My coop was a converted horse stall in the barn and the roof of the barn was the top of the coop. It got downright cold in there. There were no windows on the barn either so dark was DARK.

    Now that I am starting up again with hens in the city I do plan to have some lighting. I want to make sure they all have enough time to eat so I will have dim rope lighting on a timer in both coops and I will only have it on from 7 am to 6 pm.
    IMO the lighting is more for us than them. As someone pointed out on another thread, chickens need a break. (not the exact wording)

    All animals have the ability to adapt to the changing seasons and I agree that nature needs a break from time to time.

    In other words, perhaps it is better for the chickens if we allow their bodies to direct the show.

    Maybe not the answer you were looking for but it is the best one I have.

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