Red Light

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Ellie, Nov 11, 2007.

  1. Ellie

    Ellie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2007
    Redding, Ca.
    I put a red light ... non heat .. in the coop because the bible chicken books say that the red light calms them.

    Since putting it in, I have noticed that they are aggressive towards me. That is out of the ordinary. Is it because they can't see as well?

    I am about ready to put a regular light back in...

    Ellie
     
  2. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

    May 7, 2007
    Alaska
    I would change it back and see what happens. Do you need a light in there?
     
  3. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    How long do you keep this light on?
     
  4. lacyloo

    lacyloo Cooped Up

    May 26, 2007
    north florida
    ellie we named our new kitten ellie lol
     
  5. Ellie

    Ellie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2007
    Redding, Ca.
    I just turn on the light when I go to say good night to them and lock them in for the night.

    They peck at me and they have never done that before... I associated it with the light. If it doesn't stop, I will change it back. Just wondered if anyone had the same experience.

    Lacy... great name for a cat lol...

    Ellie
     
  6. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

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    maybe they think its a heat lamp and your part if the buffet. [​IMG]
     
  7. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    I guess what I was trying to ask is do you leave the light on all night?
     
  8. Ellie

    Ellie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2007
    Redding, Ca.
    Oh, sorry, Rooster, I didn't understand.

    No, I only turn it on when I go in to "kiss them goodnight".

    I used to turn on a regular light and it seemed so bright and they would jump down off their perch and get something to eat and drink.

    I did not want to disturb them, just go in and pet them and say goodnight to them. I put the red light bulb in because the book said that they are calmer with it. Not so... at least the pecking thing does not seem calm.

    Ellie
     
  9. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    I just had a thought...(Skip would tell me to hold on to it dearly, as it is a rare thing)...

    Chickens hate change! That could be part of the pecking thing.

    My reason for thinking this is...

    We got our birds as day-olds back in May. We brooded them indoors for 6 weeks before we moved them outside. I used a red lamp the whole time while brooding them.

    When we moved them outside, more for my sanity...than for the chickens, we installed a 6' section of outdoor rope/tube lights in the coop. We could only get them in clear or blue so we bought the clear rope, then I colored the entire length of it red with a Sharpie/permanent marker. The lights are set on a timer to come on just before dark and to turn off as it gets light. I can go into the coops at any time of the night to check on the birds and they've never been aggressive towards me when I do.

    [​IMG]

    Don't know if this is any help or not, but I hope so!

    Edited because I forgot the pic...[​IMG] smacking self in forehead

    Dawn
     
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2007
  10. Ellie

    Ellie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2007
    Redding, Ca.
    Hmm, you may have something there. I will leave the red light in for one week more and if they don't like it, I will put the other one back in. I only did it so they wouldn't jump down and get something to eat when I go in at night.

    I worried about them getting back up on the roosts in the dark. Silly me....

    Ellie
     

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