Will this be enough light?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bonder, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. bonder

    bonder Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm thinking about putting up a string of energy efficient Christmas lights in the hen house to make up for the shorter daylight hours. Do you think a strand or two of lights would put out enough light? I haven't had an egg yet (Late June hatch) and I REALLY don't want to wait until Spring, thus the reason for an artificial light source.
    I could hang them from the ceiling and I don't think the chickens could peck at them. We have light bulbs in the hen house but they are on a switch, not a timer and they would light up the whole place instead of just the area I use for chickens.
    Thoughts?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    Most people use one low wattage bulb, 40W or so. It doesn't take much.
     
  3. cr8zy4chickens

    cr8zy4chickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi:D I'm new to the chicken business and was wondering the same thing. How long would you keep the light on? I've been keeping the heatlamp on for about 3 hours after the sun goes down. That way they will get their 12 hours of light. It really seems to mess up their roosting though. Three of my chickens have started laying, they are 22 weeks and the other 9 haven't started yet and I don't want the ones that are laying to stop and I want the others to start. Am I making any sense? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks:)
     
  4. GoldenCometLady

    GoldenCometLady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Light needs to total 14hrs for good production. I provide mine with enough hours
    of light in the morning to make 14 till the normal dusk so as not to mess with bed
    time. Timers are quite inexpensive and easy to set. No way am I getting up at 4am
    to turn on a light for the chickens so this works for me and the chickens.
     
  5. BWKatz

    BWKatz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Different breeds begin laying at different times due to differing rates of maturing. Some EE take up to 32 wks.
     

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