Chicken Coop and Pen Lights

Chicken_31Oct11_DSCF0118Winter is coming, and that means the chickens will only be getting 5 or 6 hours of light, so I decided it was time to install some lights in the coop and in the pent. I do not want to add any heat in the coop, so I installed a small reflector with a 15 watt bulb.  Additionally, there is a 3 watt night-light in the nesting area of the pen.  I did the night light to encourage them to lay eggs when they needed to.  With the light-light, they can see their way to the nesting boxes.  The coop light is a 100 watt light, and I may up that to 150 a bit later.  But right now that is enough.  

I did add a time for the coop and pen lights, but not the night-light.  The lights run from 6:30 AM to 10:00 PM, which gives them almost 14 hours of light.  I will not do earlier than 6:30 because I do not get up to let them out of their coop to eat and drink until 6:30. 

The pen (night-light) and pen at night:

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