Originally Posted by Fred's Hens
"Lighting" birds is a common way to push them into laying. A moulting bird will not be pushed, as this is a necessary feather rebuilding process. Pullets of laying age, say 22+ weeks, can indeed be pushed into laying using light therapy. This is a decision a flock keeper makes. To light or not to light, that is the question.
I am considering lighting in the early AM mainly because, once I realized that she wasn't laying, I decided to stop feeding them layer and go back to grower feed. Now one of the laying hens doesn't seem to use the calcium I have on the side and her shells are getting so thin I am worried that she break one internally.
We had a cracked egg today so I blended it shell and all, cooked it, caught her, and hand fed her the egg. She ate most of it but rainy season is here and I really don't think I can chase her around and catch her to do this everyday.
I was thinking a string of bright Christmas lights on a timer would be enough. It's dark just before 7PM so I'd have them light up at around 5AM to get 14 hours of light. Is that enough light? However, we do live in the city, if they are too noisy I will have to stop.
Also, I don't have any food or water in the coop as I open it before sunrise and right now they are going outside right off the roost every morning If they get up at 4-5AM am I going to have to put food into the coop? How about water?