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How do I get my hens laying again?

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I live in Florida and my hens like to slack off laying during the hotter months here in Central FL. Then several molted.  Now, I am still waiting for them to resume their egg production...any suggestions?

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After a molt, most hens will take the winter off unless you add supplemental light.  I think it's 14 hours (?) of light per day they need to lay.  I just let mine have the rest, but since yours take a break in the summer as well, perhaps you might want to try that.

Owned by two old dogs (yellow lab and a big, red, fuzzy mutt) and four chickens (Buff Orpington, Barred Rock, and two Easter Eggers)
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Owned by two old dogs (yellow lab and a big, red, fuzzy mutt) and four chickens (Buff Orpington, Barred Rock, and two Easter Eggers)
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Yup, they wont' start up again for a couple of months without some extra light. Chickens are ruled by day length!

 

If you want to try to add light, add a regular 75 watt bulb on a timer to come on around 4am and turn off at dawn (around 8am for us). You should see eggs within a week or two.
 

The chickens are sold! We sold off 150 roosters, hens, cockerels, and pullets and are down to SIX birds. Three ISA Brown, one Amberlink, one blue copper Marans, and one blue Ameraucana rooster. Everything looks so empty out there, but I'm happy with the decision. No more washing, sorting, packing and delivering 30 dozen eggs every week, WOOT!
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The chickens are sold! We sold off 150 roosters, hens, cockerels, and pullets and are down to SIX birds. Three ISA Brown, one Amberlink, one blue copper Marans, and one blue Ameraucana rooster. Everything looks so empty out there, but I'm happy with the decision. No more washing, sorting, packing and delivering 30 dozen eggs every week, WOOT!
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