2 eggs a day!:(

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ADuckOnQuack, Nov 30, 2016.

  1. ADuckOnQuack

    ADuckOnQuack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Obviously here in England it's winter. We're only having 8 hours of daylight and currently collecting 2 eggs between 23 chickens. Whereas before he used to have 17 a day! I was just wondering what you guys do over winter to keep the egg surply up? I know about putting a light in there coop for extra hours of light but does that actually work and what else is there I can do? Thanks in advance
     
  2. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Light in there should help.Ive heard that cayenne pepper will get them laying in the winter.Are they molting right now?
     
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  3. ADuckOnQuack

    ADuckOnQuack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No there have already moulted a month or so ago, I thinks it's down to the shorter days
     
  4. Weehopper

    Weehopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's the number of hours of daylight. The only hens that are not all that affected are the first year layers. That's why commercial chicken ranches cull at the first molt, and bring in the younger generation. Plus, they use artificial lighting.
     
  5. ADuckOnQuack

    ADuckOnQuack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! Do you know how many day/artificial light the chickens need to lay?
     
  6. WIchickens

    WIchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe the light requirement is 12-14 hours.

    I will add however that we put a 60 watt bulb in the barn and have it on a timer to make up for our lost daylight - it's not making a bit of difference this year, although last year I think it helped some.

    Out of my 20+ chickens, I am only getting 4 or less eggs per day. Having the same problem!! I am thinking it might be diet related. Our feed mill recently closed and we started buy our feeding from the local ag store. Obviously the quality is not as good. I have not tried the pepper - anyone know how much you add to the feed?
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    The lighting is no guarantee....and it can take weeks to have an effect.
    Here's a pretty good article on supplemental lighting.
     
  8. GC-Raptor

    GC-Raptor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I turn on a light at 5am[​IMG] and dim it around 9am to act as a nightlight at sunset so the girls can see to hop onto the roost. I shut off the light when I lock up the coop a half hour after sunset or when I get home, which ever is later. I also light up the run in the morning with 2 60 watt equivalent LEDs at 5am.[​IMG] Sunset here is 4:20 today. I got 34 eggs this week from my 5 35 week old red sex-links.
    Make sure the LED is the dimmable kind if your using a dimmer. Increase the light no more than 10 minutes a day, 1 hour per week.
    Proper nutrition is important too. GC
     
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  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    So you're not using a timer? Inconsistent lighting can cause problems.
    Is your pop door open for access to run 24/7?
    Your high production hybrid pullets would probably lay all thru their first winter without lights..next year might be a different story, get a timer.
     
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  10. GC-Raptor

    GC-Raptor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's why I dim it at 9am. It's no brighter than a 4 watt nightlight, I shut it off last night around 5pm and I could leave it on all night tonight without changing their laying behavior. It allows them to see but not bright enough to affect the Pineal gland. One reason I don't use a timer is sunset changes. I don't add light in the evening to stimulate egg laying, only in the morning. The nightlight is only so they can see to hop up to the roost at sunset. In the morning I turn on the lights at 5am when I open the coop and give them their first snack and fresh water, seven days a week. GC
     
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