An on another note( can't believe I never figured this out before... So I've been having some laying issues.. None of my 25 hens have been laying for about three months or more... And today I was out there trying to figure out what I could do the a glimmer of light peeked over the shop/shed and I moved and happened to notice it hit just outside the run fence... Ding the shop/shed is on the south side and the coop/run is on the north side and the big ole shop is casting a giant shadow over all of my coops and runs.. They've probably thought they've been in Alaska with no sun for months no real idea how to remidy this short of a giant mirror or artificial lighting I wonder if that also effects them during the summer.. For the most part it's over head and they have no shade unless I put in branches
From what I understand, chickens have a certain number of ovi (eggs to be) and once those are gone, thats it. I am not saying anyone should not do it. I just don't myself. Its a real trade off, you have to decide what you want for your flock. Artificial light is a personal choice. I don't because
#1 the added electric cost.
#2 I want my birds to live longer.
Some layer breeds like golden comets will just keep right on laying. Without artificial light though, the hens bodies tell them to take a break. In the cold months with short daylight hours many heritage breeds just don't lay. My comets and Sumatra are the only chickens laying regular for us right now.