r chickens scared of the dark?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by coldinnh, Jun 15, 2010.

  1. coldinnh

    coldinnh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls went crazy when I turned out their light tonight. I haven't gotten then roost yet (just over a month old) and I am wondering if I need to wait until they are ready or get a dimmer or some sort of light that will gradually fade (is there such a thing)?
     
  2. Momnpop2010

    Momnpop2010 Out Of The Brooder

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    Do you have nest boxes set up?
     
  3. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

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    You might try a blacklight; its a lot less 'shocking' and everybody can still see.
     
  4. Momnpop2010

    Momnpop2010 Out Of The Brooder

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    I was asking about nests because there could be a rat or something hiding that is stressing the birds
     
  5. chickenGRAFFITI

    chickenGRAFFITI Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought the same thing initially so I had their ceiling light put on a dimmer and an infrared (red) bulb added over their feed. I keep the light on very low at night so that they can see if needed to move around or get a midnight snack. I did this when they were chicks and still do it a year later.
     

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