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Extending daylight hours in a chicken coop

How to extend daylight hours for laying hens in a coop


We installed a light in the main chicken coop to extend daylight hours which in turn should stimulate egg production.

A timer turns it on around 5pm and off at 10.

It took about a week to start seeing an increase from one egg per day to an average of three.



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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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