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Supplemental chicken coop lighting

making a coop light to increase day light time


We might try to start extending the chicken's daylight hours a few weeks earlier next year.

Starting today their morning will begin around 3 am, which should get us close to the 14 hour point needed to keep them laying on a more regular schedule.



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Hello Anna

My brother who lives in Eagar Az at the 7,000 foot elavation is going to install a timed sun lamp for his chickens. Over the past week or so he has notice that his chickens are laying about half as many eggs.

What do you think about this idea?

Comment by Ed Tieman Sat Sep 22 13:57:33 2012
Ed --- The only real downside is the use of electricity. You can read more about supplemental light in the chicken coop here.
Comment by anna Sat Sep 22 17:52:05 2012





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