When the new coop gets finished (hopefully this weekend weather permitting), I wanna add some light on a timer to possibly help the girls lay more. I know this has been covered numerous times, but here goes again... The coop windows will be where our back porch lights can shine in there (if I left them on all night or put them on a timer to come on early in the morning). Also, we have a security light that hubby can cut a window on that side of coop to let that shine in if needed. Would either or both of those be enough to help with laying? Would the security light on all night be too much on them as to encourage pecking each other or something or bother their sleeping in any way? It is not close to them & is not the bright white kind...it's the more yellowish glow more dim kind of security light. If this would not help or hurt at all, it can be blocked by not putting a window on that side of the coop at all. If I need a total different lighting set-up, what is the general consensus? A low wattage bulb (like 25 watt) hanging somewhere in their coop but not directly on them? Or the CFL energy efficient bulb? A regular light socket, one of the mechanic light things hanging, or one of the reflector brooder type lamps angled to face an opposite wall in the coop not facing directly on the chickens? I had read about Christmas lights on a timer. Would they not peck the wiring and/or bulbs of Christmas lights? Would the rope lights inside the coop put up all along the top edges of the inside of coop be a better option? Also, pretty soon here, it will be starting to get dark around 4:30 or 4:45pm or so. Trying to decide what time to put it on when it comes to that. Even if on a timer, coming on at 4:30 am, when it starts getting dark at 4:30 pm or so, that's still only 12 hours. So, would I need the timer set for whatever lighting set-up I decide on to come on like at 2:30 am or so?! That won't bother me, because I don't get woke up by the roosters (even though their yard is right outside our bedroom window), but hubby & neighbors might not like roosters crowing @ 2:30 in the morning. Thanks! Sorry so long.