Red light on all night

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  1. 64Galaxie

    64Galaxie Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi. I have looked on here and haven't found a definite answer. My question is that is it OK to keep a red heat light on all night? All my chickens are from 24 weeks to 2 years. I turn the light on when I close up the coop at 8pm and I turn off the light at 7am. Nothing seems to be stressing them out. If I do get a timer, should I gradually decrease the time the light is on? The coop isn't all lit up, they do have 2 perches they can roost on and that is just above the light, and some dark places with no light. It is a 250 watt red heat light. Thanks
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

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    Is there a specific reason you're providing heat?

    Chickens, like all animals, should have a dark period. They don't need heat and 250 watts of electric every night for 12 hours is an unnecessary expense.
     
  3. 64Galaxie

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    Thanks, the temp does get under 10 here. It isn't even that much, the heat light only raises it about 5-10 degrees. Very dim as well. Will going from all night light to having turn on at 3am disrupt laying, or should I just gradually decrease the time period?
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    I'd turn it off completely. It isn't bright enough to stimulate laying and 5 or 10 degrees is meaningless to the chickens.
    It hit -19F last winter and the hens were fine. Most of the roosters got a fair amount of frostbite on combs but they're monster combs.
    10 shouldn't be a problem for most breeds of hens.

    If you want to stimulate lay with light, it needs to be bright enough at roost height to read a newspaper by.
     
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