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To add LIght or not to add LIght thats the question?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by shortlegs2, Jan 29, 2007.

  1. shortlegs2

    shortlegs2 Out Of The Brooder

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    This is the first year in 5 that I have not added artificial light to my coop. All I can say is it sucks!!! NO EGGS!!!!!! ZIPPO Nadda NOTHING!!!!!! I wish I did add light than I wouldnt be in this jam. I have on my shopping list eggs from the supermarket, ugg:/ I havent bought supermarket eggs in 5 years!!!!

    I guess the chickens figured out I am disheartened because there was an EGG, Its like getting youre very first egg I sware!!! Whoppie I cant believe it I now have 1 egg, better be more tomorrow. I wished I had put in lights!!

    So my question is this:

    HOW MANY OF YOU ADD ARTIFICIAL LIGHT IN THE WINTER?

    Toni
    http://www.keepsakeeggs.com
     
  2. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    Toni, I place a light in the coop with a timer, so the hens get 14 hours of light, which is the amount of light that works best for my hens.
    It is a choice that each flock owner needs to make.

    Winter rest for the hens will provide rejuvenated birds when the days get longer (already starting to happen) and they start to lay again. It is good for them to have a while off from laying.

    Winter weather is stressful on the hens, just keeping warm.

    If adding light now is your thought, it's best to increase the light gradually though.

    bigzio
     
  3. shortlegs2

    shortlegs2 Out Of The Brooder

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    bigzio - no I am not going to add light. What you described exactly is what I have done for 4 years. This is the first time I didnt, not happy with my choice, but oh well.

    Hopefully Poksitony(sp?)Phill wont see his shadow, then spring is around the corner??? did I get ground hog day right or backwards...LOL.


    Toni
     
  4. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

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    We add light, but only in the morning, maybe a couple of hours. I would hate to be an outside animal and not be able to play outside. (I know, projecting [​IMG]). Mine lay less in the winter, but that's ok. I have not had to buy eggs in winter for the last 3 years, thanks to the ducks who crank them out all year round.
     
  5. Wes in Tx

    Wes in Tx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You know I don't add light in the winter. This year with 16 layers there were days we only got one egg a day.
     
  6. shortlegs2

    shortlegs2 Out Of The Brooder

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    ONLY 1 EGG!!! Geeze Wes, go out and buy more chickens!!! HOw's Arlene gonna bake them famous cakes she makes??? [​IMG]
     
  7. Carole AM

    Carole AM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use the natural light. I figure they all need a rest.

    The only light I have on now is for the growing chicks.
     

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