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Suggestions to adding lighting for improved egg laying during winter months

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Starcey, Oct 7, 2015.

  1. Starcey

    Starcey Hatching

    Jun 17, 2013
    Southern Maryland
    We have had our chickens and coop for going on 3 years now. This winter I am considering adding additional lighting on a timer for a few hours in the morning and a few in the evening. Can anyone offer suggestions, recommendations, and even pictures would be great. I would love to put something nice in there rather than just rigging something up. Any recommendations?

    Thanks in advance.

  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    You don't need morning and evening. Just morning is sufficient though just evening will work but not preferable. Depending on how far north you live, you probably only need to add about 3 hours. Turning the light on at 4 AM works well.
    It just needs to be bright enough to be able to read a newspaper by at roost height.
    Why does it need to look nice. No one will see it but you and the chickens and it will soon be covered with dust.
  3. dmac1

    dmac1 In the Brooder

    Jul 16, 2015
    Just last Sunday I added a 24" LED light on a digital timer for the same reason. It works great and the LEDs are expected to last 50,000 hours without using much power. I bought them at a home center. It is plenty bright and seems like it will hold up well in a dusty environment because it's sealed at both ends. It is rated for indoor only but my coop is weather tight. HERE is the light.

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