There’s plenty of debate among chicken keepers as to whether or not to light their coops in the winter months. This time of year the days are shorter and the temperatures are not getting any warmer, but does that mean you should consider supplemental light in your chicken house? There are many reasons that chicken keepers turn to supplemental light. It’s not just to keep the coop cozy, it is helpful because a chicken’s egg production is dramatically reduced in the shorter days of fall and winter. Adding a light to your coop will help to keep your hens laying, but are there negative side effects to this change?
- Kirsten Lie-Nielsen
I grew up on a small farm and spent my youth riding horses competitively and gnawing on fresh vegetables from our garden. I moved away, went to college and spent time working in customer service, but the taste of fresh vegetables is kind of addicting. Our small farm has expanding gardens, a small flock of chickens, two geese, and is growing every season.
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