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Time for light!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tpeila, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. tpeila

    tpeila Out Of The Brooder

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    5 pullets. NO eggs in THREE weeks!
    I think its time for a light on a timer and extention cord [​IMG]
     
  2. Chick1043

    Chick1043 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2011
    Idaho
    You could try that:) I had a hen who stopped laying until' I put a lamp in their coop:)
     
  3. tpeila

    tpeila Out Of The Brooder

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    Yeha I tihnk that is where I am going to put it. In the coopr up high and on a timer for a couple more hours at night.
    Spoiled little things
     
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Quote:If you don't mind a "tip", add the light only in the pre-dawn hours. Add one 15 minute "click" on your timer, per day, until you build up to two hours, or whatever you prefer in total added, pre-dawn hours of supplemental light. The incremental increase is very effective.
     
  5. tpeila

    tpeila Out Of The Brooder

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    Just curious why predawn?
    I don't get up that early. [​IMG]
     
  6. Wyogirl

    Wyogirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My egg production went from 2 a day from 48 hens to 19 today!! I did add supplemental light, starts at 4AM and off at 8PM. On a timer of course [​IMG] I'm an early bird but not that early!
    Ayda
     
  7. abbylane35

    abbylane35 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put a light in my coop in the morning hours...makes all the difference in the world.

    I think that the pre dawn lighting method is preferred, because of something to do with the gradual decrease of light at sunset prepares the birds for dark so that they can get on their roost and prepare themselves...if the light just goes off they are kind of left in the dark. I used to light a little before dawn and a little after sunset, but I have much better egg production when I do the just before dawn lighting. If you put it on a timer, you won't have to worry about whether you are up or not.

    Good luck!
     
  8. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2008
    AR
    Fred's Hens :

    Quote:If you don't mind a "tip", add the light only in the pre-dawn hours. Add one 15 minute "click" on your timer, per day, until you build up to two hours, or whatever you prefer in total added, pre-dawn hours of supplemental light. The incremental increase is very effective.

    Agree. It's worked for me.​
     
  9. goldies99

    goldies99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    chickens need 14 hours of light to lay.........
     
  10. happyhensny

    happyhensny Brown Barns Farm

    Quote:Adding light in the morning will get the hens up and moving. If you were to add light in the evening, when the lights turns off, it will be pitch dark and they will not be able to see to get on their roosts.

    Use a automatic timer - sold just about everywhere and definitely worth the money.
     

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