Should I extend their day?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by rolffamily, Oct 17, 2010.

  1. rolffamily

    rolffamily Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's 6:10 pm and I just watched my chickens file into their coop. Should I have a light on a timer inside so they don't have to end their day so early? What about a month from now when it is dark by 4:30?
     
  2. birdicus7

    birdicus7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you feel the need to extend their light hours I would recommend having a light come on earlier rather than go off by timer. Waking them up is better than just turning out a light before they are ready. That said my chickens have never had artificial light and egg production remains at 1 egg per day for the most part.
     
  3. patman75

    patman75 Chillin' With My Peeps

    My timer is set to go on at 5:00am, and turns off around 7:00 to keep them up on the overcast days.

    During the dark winter days I will turn the timer on at 4:00am and turn off right after sunset.
     
  4. bigoakhunter

    bigoakhunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with both birdicus7 and Patman75, add the light in morning. This allows them to go up to roost at night normally. If light on a timer, they can suddely find themselves in dark without being on roost.

    Like Patman, here in MIchigan we have short daylight in winter. So I also have timer set for ealy morning.

    Dave
     

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