Suggestions for lack of sunlight during day

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by PeepsAreForMe, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. PeepsAreForMe

    PeepsAreForMe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where our coop is in our yard it does not get much sun in the fall / winter. Are there any artificial lights that simulate sunshine? I know vitamin D is important for them. I don't want it for better egg production, they do just fine but I know they need some sunlight. The front of the coop faces west and in the summer the sun beats in their protected run. I made an awning so they have shade and it made a huge difference. But winter is coming and I've taken the awning down but they don't get enough sunshine. I would guess about 20 minutes in one small corner in the afternoon.

    I thought about putting another window in the south facing wall but have not suggested that to my dear husband yet. Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks in advance! Here's a picture of my setup.

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    Here are the summer curtains and awning.

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  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    It looks nice and looks like your have ample natural light.
    What makes you think they aren't getting enough sun?
     
  3. PeepsAreForMe

    PeepsAreForMe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The sun does not reach inside the coop during the day now that it is fall. And since I recently had a hawk scare they have not even been out in "their" yard. They were out Saturday morning and I was inside and heard all four of them making quite a ruccus. I went out to see what was up. The people door was open but they were all inside. As I walked up to the gate one of our resident chipmunks ran in front of me along the front fence. Then I saw the hawk swoop down and grab him. I closed the door and let them settle down. I went back outside to see if the hawk was still hanging around,and no sooner did I see him land on a wire behind our house, my roo (in my picture) Mr. Big was clucking again. He saw him too. So they've been in ever since. I miss the chipmunk though! We used to have two of them . . .
     
  4. DLV58

    DLV58 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's a cute set-up your flock has
     
  5. PeepsAreForMe

    PeepsAreForMe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! They seem to like it!
     
  6. kakayona

    kakayona Out Of The Brooder

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    Put a standard UV garden light in their coop for about 2-3 hours a day. I put mine on a timer from about 2 1/2 hrs before sunlight till 1/2 hour after. I never put mine on before night because they can't tell when it will shut off and won't be able to perch. If they never really leave their coop I suppose in the afternoon will suffice.
     

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