What Kind of Light

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by patvetzal, Oct 9, 2008.

  1. patvetzal

    patvetzal Songster

    Aug 12, 2008
    Bancroft, Ontario
    OK- I keep seeing that the hens should have about 14hrs of light for egg production. Just what kind of light is it that they need? Full spectrum, normal incandescent, those new twirly compact flourescent, grow lights or UV lights?
    Will 12 hrs in total do the trick for some eggs or is it 14 or nothing?
    From what I hear/read some breeds lay all winter anyway, they just lay fewer eggs. I have RIRs and LHs. The LHs look like they have just moulted and are now getting their tails back. (or it could have been moth/mice/poor housekeeping at their last home)
    And finally, how cold can I let it get in the coop at night before it starts to affect egg production? Its been down to 39 a few nights but normally has been in the 50s so far (in the coop.)
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap

    It's 12-14 hours of light, and a normal regular every light should be just fine. Our eggs have picked up since we added light.
  3. too much fun

    too much fun Songster

    May 4, 2008
    Happy Valley, Utah
    I'm just using a couple of 7 watt white christmas bulbs. I't enough to get them up in the morning.
  4. dancingbear

    dancingbear Songster

    Aug 2, 2008
    South Central KY
    That's for peak, year-round egg production. Hens have a limited number of eggs to lay in their entire life. They won't lay more eggs total in their life, but they will lay them all faster.

    Nature slows them down a bit in the winter, it gives them a bit of a rest. I let nature take it's course, but I actually get better egg production in the winter, because nobody's broody or on "maternity leave" raising chicks, and mine only moult in the fall. I don't increase the light, unless temps go below 20F, then I'll leave a heat lamp on, for warmth. Otherwise, in winter they only have natural daylight. But they lay very well with that.

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