newbie has a question on feeding

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ynendine, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. ynendine

    ynendine Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 27, 2013
    This may sound silly to all you chicken keepers out there...but i will be picking up my first chicks 1st week of April and had one curious thought,,,,I leave for work at 7am..and when it is very dark still in the morning..My coop will have electric in in..Is it ok to turn light on in am when its still dark out to feed and water chickens and to open door to their enclosed pen for day??before I leave for work..I imagine they are still roosting then right??
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    It's OK, IMO. You'll startle them awake but they'll get used to it. I'd probably put the light on one of those $10 timers and leave it on when I left, and set it to go off after daylight. Or just use a low light power saving bulb and leave it on til I got home from work.

    What I don't like to do is have a timed light turn off after dark, suddenly, because dusk means find your roost spot to them.
  3. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    Mine wake up to a light on a timer every day because I'm using supplemental lighting for the winter. It's fine!

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