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Do chickens lay eggs in the winter?

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Ive heard that chickens lay fewer eggs in the winter and i wanted to know if that was true and why.

 

Im an animal luver that has a horse, 2 dogs, and 4 speckled sussex chickens.

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Im an animal luver that has a horse, 2 dogs, and 4 speckled sussex chickens.

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Hello and welcome to BYC frow.gif Hen's ovaries are stimulated by the amount of light hours they are exposed to. Shorter days (winter) means fewer eggs. This is why commercial eggs farms and some backyard chicken keepers provide electric light in the coop, to lengthen the "daylight" hours. 

 

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Hello and welcome to BYC frow.gif Hen's ovaries are stimulated by the amount of light hours they are exposed to. Shorter days (winter) means fewer eggs. This is why commercial eggs farms and some backyard chicken keepers provide electric light in the coop, to lengthen the "daylight" hours. 

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Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan big_smile.png

Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 



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Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 



My Chickens
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welcome-byc.gif from Ohio!

 

sumi gave you the conventional wisdom on why hens may not lay or may lay less in winter.

Personal experience - our newbie pullets from last summer laid well through the winter, our 18 month old hens nearly stopped altogether.

We supplemented lighting 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the evening and egg production picked up by 20%.

From what we read hens benefit from the slow down in darker, colder months.

1 handy lovable hubby, 2 talented, loving sons, 2 precious daughters-in-love, 5 brilliant, beautiful, amazing grandchildren.

28 chickens, 3 turkeys and 5 guineas.


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1 handy lovable hubby, 2 talented, loving sons, 2 precious daughters-in-love, 5 brilliant, beautiful, amazing grandchildren.

28 chickens, 3 turkeys and 5 guineas.


Blessed beyond measure, showered with blessings, standing on the promises.

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Hi and welcome-byc.gif from Ohio. So glad to have you aboard. thumbsup.gif

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Home to Black East Indies, Mandarins, Speckled Sussex, Barred Rock, Golden Buffs, Welsummers, Ameraucanas, Black Australorp, Silver Laced Wyandotte, Two Weimaraners, Two beautiful daughters and a great DH who builds whatever I need!

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TIME is the best thing to spend on a child!
Always calibrate your hygrometer before you incubate!!

Home to Black East Indies, Mandarins, Speckled Sussex, Barred Rock, Golden Buffs, Welsummers, Ameraucanas, Black Australorp, Silver Laced Wyandotte, Two Weimaraners, Two beautiful daughters and a great DH who builds whatever I need!

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