Winterizing the coop - question on the red heat lamps


In the Brooder
10 Years
Jun 23, 2009
If I understand correctly, chickens lay eggs based on light. If I have a red heat lamp in the coop and leave it on all night, do the chickens see the red light?

Also, I read the thread about the person rolling out 6 inches of hay in the chicken yard. What happens when it gets wet from snow or rain? Do you just leave it out there all winter?
Chickens see red light just fine. However the red lamps are dimmer. Are they bright enough to affect laying? I do not know; possibly. It does not take much light to affect laying, basically if you can read a newspaper easily then it's enough to make the chicken's brain think it's daylight.

When you put hay out, on frozen ground or snow, it does get really stenchy come spring thaw. You remove it then
and compost it. It can be valuable for making cold frozen ground "chicken-friendly", though, so it can be worth the bother sometimes.

Good luck, have fun,


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