Originally Posted by milksheke39
I also have 5 hens and only 1 is laying. I believe it because the days are shorter and they need more atleast 12 hours daylight each day. so im going to be hanging a light in their coop until 8pm so they think its still day. ive heard that commercial chickens are in lit rooms for 16hrs therefore producing more eggs. not sure if any of this is true but worth a try
If you are going to use artificial lights to simulate the 14-16 hours of daylight, I would strongly urge you to change your lighting plan. Pick up a timer and calculate what time you need to set the lights to come on in the morning to those hours. If you just leave a light on past sundown, you may well end up with some very confused chickens on your hands. When the lights are on, they are still active and moving around. When the lights suddenly snap off, there they are, plunged into sudden darkness and they'll have trouble finding the roosts and getting up there. The sun doesn't just set on them - the darkness comes gradually so they have time to put themselves to be before night. That's what you want to imitate.