1. Come check out hundreds of awesome coop pages (and a few that need suggestions) in our 2018 Coop Rating Project!

What kind of light timer do you use?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by NonnasBabies, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    11,026
    1,084
    406
    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    I've been reading alot of post lately where it's suggested to have your lights come on at around 2am - 3am. What kind of timer do you use for that??? All that I've see were dusk/dawn or you could set it to come on at dusk and go for however many hours you'd like. But I haven't seen one to do the opposite!!

    I'd appreciate any help I could get because I think this would be the best for my situation.
     

  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    The reason for not turning it on at dusk is so when the light goes out, the chickens don't get stuck standing in their tracks. Natural dusk allows them to get ready for bed.

    As for turning a light on and off any outdoor timer would work.
     
  3. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    11,026
    1,084
    406
    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    Quote:Do you have a brand name?? Because a reg dusk to dawn timer won't work in the opposite direction. I just bought one yesterday and I can't get that on to work nor will any of the ones I have for my christmas lights!!
     
  4. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    you want one that lets you set a time and then push little pins to set the time lights come on and off...there are several brands...I can't think what I have and it is raining so I ain't checking! LOL! This type costs a little more usually. The dusk to dawn operate on a light sensor...
     
  5. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    11,026
    1,084
    406
    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    Quote:Ah, I gotcha!! THANK YOU so much!! [​IMG] I just couldn't figure it out. I must have about 15 of the other ones but I'll go buy one of them this week end!! [​IMG]
     
  6. lightfoot

    lightfoot Chirping

    112
    0
    89
    Oct 19, 2010
    NW minnesota
    I get my pin set type timers at thrift stores for 1.00 to 2.00 dollars.[​IMG]
     
  7. swimmer

    swimmer Songster

    514
    1
    139
    Aug 17, 2010
    Utah
    If your near a Wal Mart, they should have a bunch of different types. Usually in the electrical section. I just bought the cheapest pin set timer. Easy to use.
     

  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

  9. PaulaJoAnne

    PaulaJoAnne Songster

    Jul 30, 2009
  10. papeine

    papeine In the Brooder

    83
    0
    39
    Sep 25, 2010
    Hastings
    so.. one should ideally use a dual timer?? mine comes on at 4:00 pm (not quiite dark yet) and then off at 8pm (totally dark)....
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by