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Why are my hens laying in winter?

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Hello!
I live in upstate new York and it is winter time. The day starts around 7:10 am and ends around 4:50 so the days at work very short. Why are my one and a half year old hens laying still! I get eggs from each every day! I thought hens do not lay much in the winter! (I am not using light supplement either)
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I'm in Central Oregon and its 19 degrees. My two Sexlinks are like clockwork, but my two Arucaunas and two Buff O's aren't laying at all!
Edited by Terri C - 1/3/16 at 3:59pm
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You're lucky! I'm also in upstate NY, and my four 9 month old chickens are only giving me one egg a day! I expected them to be laying a bit more their first winter, actually.

Dorothea

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I am new, but understand that chickens only lay one egg a day, so it sounds like your girls are doing all they can! Please correct me if I'm wrong!
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Probably means one egg total from nine hens. We have six and get between one and four a day. No supplemental light.
2 Buff Orpingtons, 4 Black Sex Links,. 1 Golden Retriever, 1 "old man" cat and 2 Betta.
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2 Buff Orpingtons, 4 Black Sex Links,. 1 Golden Retriever, 1 "old man" cat and 2 Betta.
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Originally Posted by Terri C View Post

I am new, but understand that chickens only lay one egg a day, so it sounds like your girls are doing all they can! Please correct me if I'm wrong!

Sorry, I wondered if it sounded confusing when I typed it- I meant one egg total, not from each!


Edited by shodack - 1/3/16 at 5:01pm

Dorothea

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Hello!
I live in upstate new York and it is winter time. The day starts around 7:10 am and ends around 4:50 so the days at work very short. Why are my one and a half year old hens laying still! I get eggs from each every day! I thought hens do not lay much in the winter! (I am not using light supplement either)

Sometimes first year layers lay all winter.

What breed are they?

 

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Originally Posted by Terri C View Post

I am new, but understand that chickens only lay one egg a day, so it sounds like your girls are doing all they can! Please correct me if I'm wrong!

 

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Originally Posted by ChickenMammX4 View Post

Probably means one egg total from nine hens. We have six and get between one and four a day. No supplemental light.

Sounds like more than one to me!


Edited by aart - 1/4/16 at 3:21pm

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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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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post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by annabobbob717 View Post

Hello!
I live in upstate new York and it is winter time. The day starts around 7:10 am and ends around 4:50 so the days at work very short. Why are my one and a half year old hens laying still! I get eggs from each every day! I thought hens do not lay much in the winter! (I am not using light supplement either)

They must be leghorns or barred rocks?! My 1 1/2 yr olds are still laying everyday, while my 3 black copper Marans (9 month old) took a break way back in October.
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Basic starter: Personally designed & built Shed/Coupe/Run: 3 Leghorns, 2 Plymouth Barred Rocks, 5 Silver Laced Wyandottes

NEW ADDITION: 4/21/15
Rhode Island Reds, Plymouth Barred Rock
Black Copper Marans & Blue Marans
12x24x7 additional run


NEW BABIES: 2/17/16
New Hampshires, Black Australorps, Amerecaunas,
Easter Eggers & Black Sex Links

NEWER YET: 3/16/16
Spe...
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Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Basic starter: Personally designed & built Shed/Coupe/Run: 3 Leghorns, 2 Plymouth Barred Rocks, 5 Silver Laced Wyandottes

NEW ADDITION: 4/21/15
Rhode Island Reds, Plymouth Barred Rock
Black Copper Marans & Blue Marans
12x24x7 additional run


NEW BABIES: 2/17/16
New Hampshires, Black Australorps, Amerecaunas,
Easter Eggers & Black Sex Links

NEWER YET: 3/16/16
Spe...
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