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Hello, I have 7 australorp and buff orp pullets, they are about 20 weeks and I know it would be on the earlier side of laying to start but I am concerned about the cold weather, we are already in the low 30's some mornings here with afternoon temps all the way up into the 70's. and of course the days are cut very short. I don't have a light in the coop. would this help them get started? what else could I do? they are starting to get much bigger and brighter combs so I assume they are getting close. any advice would be appreciated.

 

Thanks.

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I never use lights and my first year hens always get laying in a normal fashion. Those two breeds usually start laying at 5-6 months.

The temperature won't affect them either, those are still comfortable temperatures for a chicken.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

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Great news...do you think that the teens and single digits would affect them starting? because by December we will probably be looking at those. I just want to make sure I can do everything I can to help them start laying:) thanks!!

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Cold temperature will have nothing to do with them laying, it is daylight that affects laying.  They will still begin laying in winter, but their production won't be at it's maximum until the days are longer. 

 

You can add lighting, it's best to do it slowly and work up to 15 hours of lighting.  Keep the lighting in the morning so it doesn't disrupt their roosting habits.  I don't light my coop, but some people do.

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Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

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Cold temperature will have nothing to do with them laying, it is daylight that affects laying.  They will still begin laying in winter, but their production won't be at it's maximum until the days are longer. 

 

You can add lighting, it's best to do it slowly and work up to 15 hours of lighting.  Keep the lighting in the morning so it doesn't disrupt their roosting habits.  I don't light my coop, but some people do.

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.



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Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.



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