Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Chicken Vet on Supplemental Lighting in the Coop



by Kathy Shea Mormino from
The Chicken Chick

In my quest to get to the bottom of the facts about certain chicken-keeping issues, I often consult with a chicken veterinarian whose only job is to care for chickens. As someone with more than 10 years of practice behind his medical education and training, and who is pursuing a master's degree in animal health and welfare, he is an expert I feel comfortable asking for answers. I had two basic questions:

1.)   Does supplemental lighting harm a hen or shorten her lifespan?
2.)  Does supplemental lighting risk causing a hen to run out of eggs prematurely?

Read on and find out what an expert has to say about supplemental lighting ...