to light the coop or not- what color bulb?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lindalue, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. lindalue

    lindalue Out Of The Brooder

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    we just started getting eggs this week and would like to extend the light for the girls does it matter what color light ? Red, yellow or a regular bulb, I have a leghorn that is starting to get a little mean and peaking the others, when they were little we used red does it make a difference now?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    They can't see some colors so I use a regular compact flourescent most of the time unless it gets into single digits then switch to incandescent.
    I don't think red will have the effect on egg laying you seek.
    It just needs to be bright enough to barely read a newspaper at roost height.
    I go for 7 watt or less flourescent or 25 watt incandescent.
     
  3. Marcymom3

    Marcymom3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    We use a regular old-timey (not the spiral type) white incandescent bulb. We put ours on a timer to come on at 3:30 a.m.

    I think I read on here that they peck at each other if they're too crowded. Is there plenty of room in your coop? I have also read that if you have a chicken who is picking on others you can isolate her for a day or two and put her back with the flock. The time alone will allow her to reflect on her behavior [​IMG] and when she comes back she will be the new kid on the block. If you try this, please post the outcome.
     
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    yankeefan Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm certainly not trying to hijack this thread but, what are the benefits to supplying light in the coop? Better egg production ? How long should lights be on ?
     
  5. southerndesert

    southerndesert B & M Chicken Ranch

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    Quote:14 to 16 hours and a incandescent bulb is said to be best as blue light spectrum does not have same effect apparently as a yellow/red spectrum for stimulating constant egg production through short winter days.
     
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:If your pullets just started laying chances are they will lay well through their first winter, light or no light.
     
  7. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Quote:I do ok with 12 hours. There is a light receptor in or around the eye that stimulates sex hormones in both hens and roosters.
    Lengthening days equate to spring, the time to reproduce for all animals. Shorter days, a time to shut it down.
     

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