When to turn the lights on?

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

  1. qualitycaprine

    qualitycaprine New Egg

    Jan 12, 2010
    Can I turn my lights on when a few of my hens are still molting? How long do the lights need to be on?
  2. raspeary

    raspeary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2009
    Cortland New York
    I turned the light on in my coop on 2 weeks ago. I have it set for 14 hours all together. [​IMG]
  3. nuchickontheblock

    nuchickontheblock Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2010
    south portland, maine
    We turned our lights on a few weeks ago when we started having less that 12 hours of real light. The coop is under a tree and even without leaves, it tends to be shady there and can be dark. I have the lights set to go on 4:30 am to 7:30 am and then 3:30 - 6:30 pm. As it gets darker and more dreary in the northeast in winter (coming on soon) I will just put the light on from 4:30 am to 6:30 pm. My girls usually put themselves up on the roost by 4 pm anyway unless it is summer. [​IMG]
  4. sacrifice

    sacrifice Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2010
    Caldwell, ID
    I just installed my lights in the coop and in the pen - they come on at 6:30 AM, go off at 9:30 AM, then come back on at 3:30 PM and off at 9:30 PM. There is a 5 watt night light in the nesting area off the coop that is on 24/7 during the winter. The chickens really like it.

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