what happens when I turn off the light?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by blueridge, Jan 9, 2010.

  1. blueridge

    blueridge New Egg

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    I've been using a 100 watt bulb to keep the water from freezing in the coop and to add a little extra warmth. We've been between 5 and 20 for the last 2 weeks with snow on the ground and lots of wind. It's finally supposed to warm up next week to a balmy 40 and I won't need the extra heat anymore. Will it mess up their internal clocks if I turn off the light? Thanks for the help, this is my 1st winter with chickens.
     
  2. FortWorthChicks

    FortWorthChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 21, 2009
    Fort Worth
    They probably slept their regular schedule or close to it while the light was on. I bet they act as if nothing has changed accept that annoying bright light is gone and they can sleep in the dark again. Also I hear bright lights in a coop premote pecking.
     
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  3. gkeesling

    gkeesling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I assume you have had the light on all night putting light into the roost area. If the chickens were roosting ok then, when it goes dark on them, they will still roost so I don't believe it will affect them.
     
  4. blueridge

    blueridge New Egg

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    Thanks for the help. I'll unplug the light and post if there are any problems.
     

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