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What breeds stop laying in winter?

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I have several different breeds: 2 RIR's, 1 cochin, 1 Merlerault, 2 Silkie's and 2 OEGH/Silkie mixes. Now, I have three that do lay though two seemed to have stopped...or maybe all three. I have a RIR that just started laying and then yesterday, no eggs. My Cochin may have laid the other day then again, it could've been the RIR. And the Merlerault hasn't laid in several weeks. Out of the 2 Silkies and Game Hen Mixes... one is nearing because her face is reddish as is one of the Game Hen mixes...the other two aren't ready yet. So, am I going to have eggs this winter? Its already freezing cold already in October and I do have a heating lamp in the coop, I have to winterize the coop-(putting cardboard in it for insulation)- so its warm which I'm going to be doing on Sunday along with extending the coop.

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as far as i know. the breeds you named off only lay spring-fall. i know the games stop.. (i raise OEGB and have american gamefowl hens and a rooster that roams the yard). i've never heard of a merlerault. what is it?

-Daniel

PS.. Also. if you have a lamp. they may never stop laying. as.. would make them think theres more daylight hours then there really are

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I think most breeds take a break in the Winter. I know my EEs and speckled sussex slow way down or stop completely. I do have EEs laying now,but they are new layers and that sometimes make a difference. I think barred rocks are good Winter layers. My marans usually lay throughout the Winter,but they went through a hard moult in August-September and have not gotten back up to speed. They are laying,ust not how they usually do.

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What a good question.  I am a first timer with Chickens going into winter.  I have wondered if ours will continue since our winters are so mild being so far south?

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Last winter I had Australorps, RIR, Red Sex-link, White Leghorns and a SS Hamburg laying through the winter.   They all laid all winter long but did give me less eggs.   I normally get 6 to 9 eggs each day from them and through the winter I was getting 3 - 6 per day.

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Australorps, Andalusian, Black Sex-link, Brahma, Buff Orps, EE, SS Hamburg, RIR, Red Sex-link, Silkies, Sussex, Welsummer, White Leghorns, Wyandotte and Guineas!
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Last winter I had Australorps, RIR, Red Sex-link, White Leghorns and a SS Hamburg laying through the winter.   They all laid all winter long but did give me less eggs.   I normally get 6 to 9 eggs each day from them and through the winter I was getting 3 - 6 per day.


Chirpy -- did you give them any extra light?

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Originally Posted by CountryMom 

What a good question.  I am a first timer with Chickens going into winter.  I have wondered if ours will continue since our winters are so mild being so far south?


OT- it's really not about the weather being mild, it's about the amount of daylight being less in the wintertime.  Light controls egg production, not temp.

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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, bredas and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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Originally Posted by leasmom 

I have several different breeds: 2 RIR's, 1 cochin, 1 Merlerault, 2 Silkie's and 2 OEGH/Silkie mixes. Now, I have three that do lay though two seemed to have stopped...or maybe all three. I have a RIR that just started laying and then yesterday, no eggs. My Cochin may have laid the other day then again, it could've been the RIR. And the Merlerault hasn't laid in several weeks. Out of the 2 Silkies and Game Hen Mixes... one is nearing because her face is reddish as is one of the Game Hen mixes...the other two aren't ready yet. So, am I going to have eggs this winter? Its already freezing cold already in October and I do have a heating lamp in the coop, I have to winterize the coop-(putting cardboard in it for insulation)- so its warm which I'm going to be doing on Sunday along with extending the coop.


Where are you located that its  so  cold to have to already be using heating  lamp ?  I  read  on here that  even people  in the coldest temps  never use  heat inside the coops  and  flock  does fine .  NOW ,  I can understand  if  its sub zero  temps and for long periods of time .   

I also  heard to increase LIGHT  in coop  to  keep them laying ;.  BUT  ,  again  I read  that  hens  need   the   break  during the winter  months .  MAYBE someone that  is  maybe considered  an  expert  might come along and  answer ALL our  questions .  I really don't have to worry about  heating the  coop  or  worrying about  their water freezing  here in Louisiana .  BUT ,  watch  me have to  eat my words  and we would have the  coldest  winter in history  .  lau


Edited by cajunlizz - 10/4/08 at 3:10pm
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Michigan. And it is cold, we have the heat on since yesterday! I had to insulate the babies coop and I'm gonna insulate the hens but it seems she just stopped, the RIR that is, the other ones may have too, not sure because they are slow layers. But this is like the third day and no eggs from her, and we've had the weather dip down to cold at that same time. She laid probably about 8 eggs and then stopped.

The barred rocks are babies so the only ones I have that lay are the RIR, Cochin and the Merlerault-(rare french chicken). And the silkie and game hens hadn't started yet. What would cause my RIR-(the one I'm most concerned with)-to stop laying, I thought RIR's were good even in winter.

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Most chickens are going into moult right now and will stop laying.  They will typically not lay much over winter either with reduced daylight hours and less feed consumption.  First year hens may lay right through winter and not moult until next year.  Others will just shut off.
This is all very normal.

Some provide supplemental light to keep their hens laying, but it also exhausts them faster and you will get less life out of them.  If they are not pets or breeders, then it's up to you if you want to force them to lay.  If they are pets, I wouldn't encourage it.

Speaking of heat..we had our fireplace going today.  Brrrrrr.  But no heat for the chooks, as they need this time to acclimate to their environment.

Jody

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