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Red light?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by billmac, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. billmac

    billmac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Now that I finally have my chickens in the same coop as my ducks (different pen of course) I'm wondering about lighting. I have a timed light for the chickens, and am wondering about one for the ducks. I have a red one for the chickens. Are red lights good for laying ducks also? Or should it be yellow?

    I worked until about 10:30 pm in the coop last night, and was surprised to find that the ducks laid their eggs just before I left for the night. I wonder if they've been doing this all along or if me working in there has screwed up their schedule. I thought they laid in the morning.
     
  2. ksct

    ksct Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i won't be of too much help as i don't have ducks... however i believe the red light is for heat. not for keeping them laying. I know we had to change up our window situation for the most natural light to keep our hens laying... we either have the heat (red) lamp on, on a timer in the cold months and if it gets really nasty out (freezing rain or nasty cold winds) we sometimes have left it on all day.
    hope that helps
     
  3. aduckstolemyheart

    aduckstolemyheart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry, I don't have any constructive input on the post, but I have to say, since seeing your post, that song "Roxanne" is going through my head.

    "Roxanne....you don't have to put on the red light!" [​IMG]
     
  4. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    There are some studies out for the light spectrum (did search after wondering about that one), one touched ducks but it was done in 1964. The newest was 1990, but it only stated poultry hens. Metzer Farms looks for yellow lights, but they are using bulbs that automatically produce that light. Metzer also states that fluorescent bulbs should be good, but he does not use them. I did and I was not impressed at all, plus they don't function well in the cold. I did switch to a natural light growing bulb for house plants. I chose that one because it also covers the UV ray spectrum. There have been small bird studies out stating that the UV spectrum is especially important when it comes to egg laying. Nothing on a large scale, but the study from 1964 did not cover the UV spectrum at all. Anyway I have been very successful with this bulb. Not sure about LED's because I just don't know their spectrum range. I guess it is fine if it says full spectrum, but I'm not even sure if they make that. I have not looked at those lights yet. One study noticed that green or blue light produce larger eggs in hens. Again no breed mentioned, which makes me think chicken. They did notice that ducks prefer blue and white lights over red during brooding, which makes me think they also like it as adults. So far I'm happy with the natural light growing bulb for house plants. My girls are producing well with it.
     
  5. pringle

    pringle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2009
    Pepperell,MA
    Really the only reason you should have a red light is if you have lots of chickens or gamebirds.They will sometimes pick at each other and draw blood which makes them go kinda crazy and pick the bleeding one to death.The red bulb is to make everything red so if one does draw blood they dont notice.
     

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