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Do you need to light the inside and outside the coop ?
1/3/2017 4:50 PM report abuse

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Survived our first winter in Montana. Girls did well even when it got to -22.
Adding light to the beginning of the day for the chickens might increase the number of eggs you get. You do not need to add the light. I don't add any additional light. My belief is that chickens take a break in winter because they need it. They'll start laying again sometime between the end of Jan and end of Feb. My new pullets that hatched in Aug should start laying about the same time. In 3 months I'll have more eggs than I can use.

First year pullets don't always take a winter break and don't need extra light. My first year pullets last winter laid an average of 10 eggs a day from 13 pullets. This year they are all molting so there are no eggs. Most chickens molt around the age of 18 months so this is all normal and expected.
1/3/2017 6:48 PM report abuse