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Will my chicken lay in a dim coop?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by weenie007, Sep 10, 2008.

  1. weenie007

    weenie007 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 10 RIRs I got 2 days ago. My coop is 11'x5 1/2' and I have three window, all about 2'x2'. But it still seems a little dim because one of the windows is facing the north and the other 2 are facing the west. But the west ones have a big bush 5 feet infront of them so it kind of blocks the light. I was wondering with the coop being dim would my hens still lay? I do have flourecent lighting in the coop I can turn on and keep on for very cheap. Should I just keep them on all day? Thanks
     
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    First of all CONGRATS on your birdies. Now, from experience, I can tell you that they will probably lay alot the first week and then stop until they are comfortable. We have had ours for almost 3 weeks and have only seen 1 egg week since the first week. About the light, the hens need 12-14 hours of light per day and since we are heading into winter, we just put our light in the hen house yesterday. I would suggest adding a light to it. You can find them at yard sales pretty cheap. [​IMG]
     
  3. weenie007

    weenie007 Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks!
     
  4. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    I love your screen name. Bond, Weenie Bond [​IMG]
     
  5. ginasmarans

    ginasmarans Chillin' With My Peeps

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    West Tn
    Mine do. They seem to like it dark and cozy.
     
  6. pimpdaddywrinkles

    pimpdaddywrinkles Out Of The Brooder

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    My 3 girls all lay in the same place in a very dark small tractor. but they free range a full fenced acre yard and even if they decide to drop in the yard they find the deepest darkest shrub root to lay in.

    As a mater of fact I was going to install a light for the winter. But my bird friends tell me not to (even in Canada) and that if I'm using a water warming plate that should be enough warmth.

    I guess my point is dark is fine for us.

    My fist post.
     

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