Natural light vs Artificial light This post is about how and when to use artificial light. NOT if it should be used at all, that is a another debate, and not the topic here. I have noticed some things that seem go go against what I have always read. I have always read 1. Artificial light in the winter keeps them laying better. 2. Add the artificial light in the AM and not PM, because PM can cause them to be suddenly in darkness when the light shuts off. 3. I have read one place and only one, to do it in the PM, but not sure of their reasons. What I have noticed with my own chickens.... Last year I had two coops one with one without light and they both laid just as good. That surprised me to the point I ask on here. Some felt maybe stray light was getting in the coop with no light. There was some but not a lot. My current coop with light gets stray light. This year I have all chickens in one coop I know the ages and laying expectations. The coop is light starting at 3:30 am then 4 am another light comes on to simulate sunup. I have 25 chickens and all winter I have only been getting 10-11, I was blaming it on their ages, but also feeling they should still be laying good for the oldest ones. Now that the days are getting longer mainly the nights since my lights come one at 3:30, I have slowly been getting more eggs. every few days I get a increase to the point I am now getting 17. Looking back and last years data from two coops and what seems to be happening this year. I cant help from wonder 3 things.. 1. Is the extra evening natural light causing this increase? 2. Based upon last years two coop data and whats happening this year, are my lights really doing anything? 3. Would giving them light in the PM vs the AM make a difference? I know in the PM it would put them into sudden darkness, but I could fix that by staggering the off times on my lights. Any thoughts..?