After Adding Artificial Light...How Long Until Laying?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by kindredspirit, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. kindredspirit

    kindredspirit New Egg

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    I live up here in Maine and while we're finally beginning to see some more sunlight throughout the day, I finally got frustrated with the lack of eggs and got around to installing light and a timer to ensure my birds get 14hrs of light a day.

    I installed it about a week ago - with a 60 watt incandescent lightbulb. How long until I can expect eggs again? Will it likely take a while since I didn't using artificial light sooner in the fall/winter months?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Two weeks is the lenght of time, generally needed for them to respond to the light.
     
  3. littlechick1005

    littlechick1005 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello fellow Mainer! I have had my heat light in the stall since Nov and within a week my girls began laying...but they also didnt go as long without light as yours have so perhaps that made a difference. It started slow though, I got 1 egg, then a couple days later another egg, then a couple more days and pretty much all of them were laying. On the other hand, my geese do not have a light in their stall and they just started laying last week and will probably lay til June. I'd say laying is right around the corner...but they are all different :)
     
  4. kindredspirit

    kindredspirit New Egg

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    Thanks everyone! That was really helpful :) Hopefully then I'll be seeing eggs out of my reds soon :D

    littlechick1005 - yay Maine!
     

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