Artificial light needed?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by gratefulchick, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. gratefulchick

    gratefulchick Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 24, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    My girls (8 of them) are not laying at all, maybe one egg a day. They look and act great, no signs of health issues. I let them out to free range and they're active and look fine. I can't imagine that all of them would be eggbound. They go to bed before 5:00 p.m. and aren't up until around 9:00 a.m.[​IMG] Four of them are only a year old, the others are around 4 years old. Should I set up a light timer to go off in the morning? I heard they're supposed to get 14 hours of light per day. After much reading that's the only thing I can think of that might be causing this. This is crazy. Thanks for your help.
  2. Oven Ready

    Oven Ready Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2010
    How many hours of light do you get in a day?

    We're near the equator (13N I think) so we get about 11 hours light per day in the winter and 13 hours light per day in the summer, but it is intense sunlight.
    Our chickens lay all year round. It's always hot though, so that might make a difference.

    They could be laying outside in secret places (that they don't always remember).
  3. GAchick

    GAchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2009
    Pembroke GA
    I agree about a secret nest.... I was wondering why my 7 girls had dropped down to 2-3 eggs a day.... Found a secret nest of about 20 eggs a few days ago.... Under a bush....
  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Your four year olds I can they won't lay nearly as often, but your one year olds are another story...
    I would keep them confined to the run (or if you don't have a run, the coop) for two days to see if more eggs appear, because I'd be thinking that they may be laying elsewhere...
    Also, they haven't molted recently have they??? Egg production will drop or stop during a molt, because all that protein is going toward feather regrowth...

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