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    Hi Scarlet - the hen took herself out and seemed fine tonight, quite happy - a few weeks back the oldest ex batt had a similar episode and recovered with a bit of extra tlc - think they are just old and probably would not survive this cold if left.

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    You can always hook up a hatching lamp in the shed? I did that when one of my breeding Marans moulted late on in the year and she needed some tlc after sitting late.
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    yes good idea - I will keep that in mind although I don't have such a lamp..

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    Please remember that poultry require 7 hrs or so darkness a night. Not a fan of heating a chicken coop, but If I were to do it, a small tube electric heater would be a better option ** - similar to that you would install in a greenhouse - set to frost protection perhaps.

    ** than a heat light
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4Shoes View Post
    Please remember that poultry require 7 hrs or so darkness a night. Not a fan of heating a chicken soop, but I I were to do it, a small tube electric heater would be a better option - similar to that you would install in a greenhouse - set to frost protection perhaps.
    As a general rule heating isn't required.....chickens really don't need it, although a chicken that "suffered laboured breathing, blue comb" may be a little under the weather. A couple of nights under a poultry Infared lamp will do no harm.

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    Well...think you were right in the first place Scarlet - altho my hen seemed right as rain after 24 hours inside she then succumbed overnight out in the cold - I found her in a state of collapse on the shed floor yesterday morning and she died overnight despite bringing her back in - but she was completely unconscious and looked very comfortable so left her to it.
    The other hens including the oldest are fine and perching well, and much to my surprise the 2 pullets have just started laying even in this cold and dark - they certainly don't get daylight for 13 hours or whatever it is.
    Do hens need to be able to see inside the shed to get onto the perches? Altho the shed has meshed "windows" each end - with sliding wooden shutters - if the main door is closed it is really dark in there and I just wondered if that was why they were on the floor the other day. (If I know I am going to be out I close the shed door then the pop hole door drops down at 4.30 - they are going in at 4pm at the mo) I do leave the shutters open but it is still pretty dark in there. I have thought about putting in a dim light on a timer....

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    Agree with Scarlet that heating is not required and UV lamp would work (I was thinking of a Heat Light that we used on the farm for pigs). That is all elementary now. Yes hens need light to find their roosts. Advice is not to put lights on timers into poultry sheds at night (unless they have a dimming function). The dimming function will allow the hens time to find their perch. Timers cause stress to hens when the plunge house into darkness. Timers may be used to extend the day (switching on in the morning) where egg laying is a priority.

    You are probably right, closing the door ment that the hens returned to a dark coop and could not find their perch. You could try conditioning them over a few days. Closing the door and force the hens to use the pop hole. They will start to return to their roost slightly earlier. Or.. just pick them up and pop them on the perch on your return the days you shut up early.

    We are almost at the shortest day and poultry are starting to come into lay for the new season.
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    Over the years Ive got to expect an egg by Valentine's Day any earlier is a bonus.
    Personally I would just stick them on the perch every night rather than worry about lights. It will become a habit, even if it's dark in there.
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