Regarding Light in Winter

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Buck Creek Chickens, Dec 18, 2010.

  1. Incandescent

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  2. fluorescent twist

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  3. regular bulb

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  4. full spectrum bulb

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  5. timer

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  6. no timer

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  7. only morning on

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  8. only night on

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  9. split on (morning & night)

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  10. egg loss when started

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  11. no egg loss when started

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  12. 12 hours of light

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  13. 13 hours of light

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  14. 14 hours of light

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  15. 14+ hours of light

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  16. sunlight & added light

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  17. no sunlight

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  18. started in Sept

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  19. started in Oct

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  20. started in Nov

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  1. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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  2. JustOneMore

    JustOneMore Chillin' With My Peeps

    Our girls have artificial light from 5am-9am and again from 4pm-9pm. We use a cheap (as in less than $10 from WalMart) grow bulb (natural spectrum lighting) on a timer. The light is a 17 watt fixture.

    We had gone down to 1 egg/day in October but when we added light the girls went back to 12-15/day within 2 weeks.

    Our girls are outside from dawn to dusk and still put themselves to bed in the afternoon/evening. With the light on in the coop, evening is now grooming and socializing time. They snack from the feeder and move around more in the coop than they did with natural lighting.
     
  3. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    you beat me before i got the poll done [​IMG]

    your answer is just what I'm looking for, [​IMG]
     
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  4. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

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    You need one for NO LIGHTING because I don't use any
     
  5. abhaya

    abhaya Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am for no lighting as well. I believe we should let their bodies do what comes natural to them. That is why I free range my girls.
     
  6. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

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    We use a low wattage florescent bulb not for egglaying, but so the ducks and geese can see and move around in their garage while they are shut up for 16 hours a night during these short days.
     
  7. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    Quote:sorry I ran out of room on the poll, if you use no light plesase just post a reply, Thank you.

    if there is a reason you do not use lights please say why, but please don't yell.
     
  8. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

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    Don't use lights

    1. Good to give my girls a break

    2. Don't want a potential fire hazard

    3. If it provides heat, don't want chickens to get used to it if power goes out

    4. Lack the necessary skills to rig it up
     
  9. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

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    I start lighting August 15th when sunlight dips below 14 hours. I end by My 15th. I have been using lights for 18 years & have never had a problem. The girls get more time to eat to keep warm. I have had chickens lay eggs until 8 years old. They molt so they get a rest, I want them laying the rest of the time.
     
  10. acid_chipmunk

    acid_chipmunk Polish Silkies d'Uccles O my!

    Mar 29, 2010
    We use CLF bathroom bulbs. They are encased in a plastic bubble and don't get hot, so they can go in the corner of the coops. Their lights come on at 6 am and got off around 9. They come back on at 4 pm and go off at 9:30. My girls aren't all still laying, but the majority of them are.
     

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