Red LED light as night light for chicks?

cjweaver13

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The 4.5 week old chicks are moved into the coop but they definitely hate the dark at night now. The coop has a window, but we live in the woods and it's a little dark, and pitch black at night. Is there anything wrong with a little red LED bulb for night time for awhile while they get used to things still? It's 4.5 watts so doesn't put out heat or anything, just a bit of supplemental light.

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rosemarythyme

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They don't need a night light. They don't need to eat or drink during nighttime, so pitch black is fine (and my preference). If they're making upset sounds at night, it's because they haven't gotten used to the fact that night = dark so it'll take them a few days to adjust to not having light on at night.
 

joelynnpamplin

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If you're worried that this bulb will use too much electricity, you can use a small LED light strip. I'd experiment with the lighting color.
 

joelynnpamplin

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If you're worried that this bulb will use too much electricity, you can use a small LED light strip. I'd experiment with the lighting color. Of course, red can work as a warming light, but green can also work, which is inaccurate. I bought an LED strip on https://www.vont.com/product/smart-strip-lights-led-strip-lights/ for the room of the chicken coop in which I keep adult chickens so that they can lay eggs even at night.
But I don't turn on this light every day so that the birds still have the feeling that the sun is setting and night is coming. You know, it would be best if you didn't abuse lighting in chickens. However, the idea is great, I agree with that.
 

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