Off grid light source?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Princess Lay-a, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. Princess Lay-a

    Princess Lay-a Chirping

    May 17, 2010
    Great Falls
    We will be fencing the llamas pasture and setting up the coop in the next two weeks. The chicks will be around 4-5 weeks old and two will be older, 11 weeks. Many of the littlest ones are nearly fully feathered already! [​IMG]
    We do have colder nights still, but it should change dramatically this month. The land we are building on has no power and I was wondering about a "night light". I read that younger ones feel more secure with one.
    I could start turning the light off here, but that would make them colder till the weather changes. How about a solar light out near their coop? Would that work?
    Do lights encourage or discourage predators? [​IMG]
  2. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Songster

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    I don't think younger birds need a light. They'll do just fine without one. We have solar lights that illuminate the outside of our coop, mainly so we can lock the birds up at night without having to carry flashlights. They don't scare away predators at all, but I don't think they attract them either. An advantage of the lights is that if we hear a commotion, we can go out and look and actually see what's out there bothering the birds.

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