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Post  Yorky on Fri Oct 10, 2008 8:47 pm

I've recently got three pullets and want to put a light in the coop to simulate daylight. Does anyone know what brightness the light (CFL) should be and how much extra light I should give them to stimulate laying. They are approx. 18 weeks old.

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Re: Artificial light

Post  cheekychook on Mon Oct 13, 2008 5:00 pm

Hi Yorky!

Welcome to the Clucks & Chooks forum! cheers

I don't have much experience in this area, but hopefully some one who does know a bit about this will be able to offer you some advice.

Out of curiosity, can I ask why you are choosing to add artificial light to the coop with just 3 hens?

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Re: Artificial light

Post  Yorky on Mon Oct 13, 2008 6:36 pm

by CheekyChook on Mon Oct 13, 2008 3:00 pm
Hi Yorky!

Welcome to the Clucks & Chooks forum! cheers

I don't have much experience in this area, but hopefully some one who does know a bit about this will be able to offer you some advice.

Out of curiosity, can I ask why you are choosing to add artificial light to the coop with just 3 hens?

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Thanks for your reply. I am adding artificial light to the coop to stimulate the pullets to lay - I've heard various reports that they need 11 - 14 hours of light per day so I'm simply extending natural daylight with a light.

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Re: Artificial light

Post  cheekychook on Wed Oct 15, 2008 12:24 pm

Personally I think artificial lighting for 3 hens to lay is an expensive route.

Whereabouts do you live in the UK?

I currently have 10 hens and live in the Highlands so as you can imagine, the daylight hours during the winter are minimal (roughly about 6 hours) but my hens still continued to lay albeit not as much as they do in the summer.

Your girls will need a rest from laying too as in the colder months their energy should go into keeping them warm and that's why they don't lay as much during the winter. It's a natural cycle for them.

So in short, I believe as your hens are young, you should still get eggs throughout the winter period without the aid of artificial light, just not as many as you would in the summer months.

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