My chicks must be confused...I am.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by imamtgrandma2, Oct 9, 2010.

  1. imamtgrandma2

    imamtgrandma2 Out Of The Brooder

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    My chicks are 20 weeks old now and their internal clock must be telling them to lay soon. But the weather is getting colder...down to 40's at night so their "coming on to Winter" clock must be telling them to slow down on the laying.
    I wonder which clock will win.
    Any idea?
     
  2. RedRoosterFarm

    RedRoosterFarm **LOVE MY SERAMAS**

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    Maybe keep a light of early till it gets light and or later after its dark. Trick them to think we still have 14 hours of day light:rolleyes:
     
  3. imamtgrandma2

    imamtgrandma2 Out Of The Brooder

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    The coop we have (the Foursquare from MPC) is too small to put a light in safely. I'm wondering if I could put in a 25w bulb???
     
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Sure, 25 watts would do.

    Got any yard solar lights? You might be able to rig up something that just gives some light illumination until it runs out of juice in a few hours, then charges up again the next day. And so on and so forth...
     
  5. maggiemooscluckers

    maggiemooscluckers Chillin' With My Peeps

    I was wondering somewhat of the same thing. My chicks are just now 7 weeks old so won't be laying until at least late January but by then our days will be short. Should I give them the extra light now or wait until later? Will adding more light in the middle of the winter be a jolt to their clock or will they get used to it at that time?
     
  6. imamtgrandma2

    imamtgrandma2 Out Of The Brooder

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    I've decided to use a rope light. I don't think the Girls will be able to reach it; it won't be on more than 3 hours; our driveway here on the mountain is lined with rope lights all year - even in snow storms and in 10 years I've only had to replace them once.
    I think for this small coop - it's the only thing that will work safely.
     
  7. carrlr

    carrlr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a timer that gives them 14 hours of light and adjust it accordinly. Currently it has a 75 watt florecent bulb that uses only 15 watts and is cool to the touch. Maybe that would work for your application. Lance
     
  8. imamtgrandma2

    imamtgrandma2 Out Of The Brooder

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    The coop is just too short to safely put any kind of lighting fixture that the Girls can peck at. I will cover the rope light with hard cloth.
    Thanks for the suggestion.
     

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