Should I leave the light on inside the coop?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by AKnewbie, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. AKnewbie

    AKnewbie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2012
    So the temperature is really starting to dip now, the chickens are in their run and seem to be doing fine.
    I was wondering though if they will go inside the coop when they get too cold even if the coop is dark?
    Or should I be leaving the light on?
  2. countrygoddess

    countrygoddess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hens need 12 - 14 hours a day of light to lay, so that would be a good reason to have a light in the chicken house. I have a timer in my hoop coop that gives them a couple of hours in the morning and a few hours in the evening, on either side of natural day light. Also, chickens can tolerate really cold temperatures--colder than we can tolerate--without feeling like they need to go inside. There's a good article on this site about that. I think it said they can be comfortable down to ZERO! But that's without windchill, i.e., no drafts.
  3. countrygoddess

    countrygoddess Chillin' With My Peeps

    I thought of this, too: if you want it to be light in there during the day so they don't have to go in and out of a cave, you can use a CFL bulb. They use far less energy so you won't notice on your electric bill that you've been leaving a light on all day.

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