buff orpington and egg laying in winter questions

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by davimi, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. davimi

    davimi Out Of The Brooder

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    We have 4 buff orpington hens. They were laying about 1 egg every day or so a piece. Now that it is winter they have almost stopped. I had heard that buff orpingtons were supposed to lay all winter long. Shoiuld I do something different to help them?...add heat to coup, different feed
     
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  2. Schultz

    Schultz CluckN'Crow Farm

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    We heat and give artificial light to keep them laying, but that's just us [​IMG]
     
  3. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What are they eating? How many hours of sun or artificial light per day?
     
  4. davimi

    davimi Out Of The Brooder

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    I give them the purina brand egg laying pellets. They have a coup and a closed in run. I noticed because of the cold they are in the coup more. The coup does have a skylight in it to help with the light. we do not use any artificial light.
     
  5. DaKid

    DaKid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ADD some artificial light so that they have at lease 14 hours of light in the coop , that will help.

    I have some buff orpington and mine are still laying like crazy, with lights on in there coop ,on at 4:30 am ,and off at 8:eek:o pm .


    Alan
     
  6. davimi

    davimi Out Of The Brooder

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    Should I use a light just for the light source of also for heat?
     
  7. DaKid

    DaKid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the light will end up doing both,

    how big or small is ur' coop, is they run door close at night or open,
     
  8. Bandit

    Bandit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I upped the protein in my BO's feed and got one of the two to start laying every day again. Worth a try.
     
  9. Joyryder

    Joyryder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are still laying well. I do use artificial light. 20% protein feed, because I add cracked corn. And as much free vegetation as I can get.
     
  10. xC0000005

    xC0000005 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Buffs had stopped laying as well. After two weeks under the light I'm up to four eggs a day from six chickens. Not perfect but not bad either. I should've had a light hooked up already but I didn't. Once I did the laying picked up in two days and then gradually increased. I suspect the heat from the CFL is negligible but the buffs don't seem to mind cold.
     

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