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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.
 

We have a flock of 170+ right now: Blue Copper Marans, Red Sex Links, Black Sex Links, Easter Eggers, Tetra Tints, white Leghorns, dark Cornish, Buff and Barred Rocks, some barnyard mixes, ISA Brown, Amberlinks, Black Australorps, a Buff Orpington, and a little Buttercup, who's just here for the pretty.
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We have a flock of 170+ right now: Blue Copper Marans, Red Sex Links, Black Sex Links, Easter Eggers, Tetra Tints, white Leghorns, dark Cornish, Buff and Barred Rocks, some barnyard mixes, ISA Brown, Amberlinks, Black Australorps, a Buff Orpington, and a little Buttercup, who's just here for the pretty.
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