I have been breeding and raising my own chickens (various breeds and mixes) for 20+ years now, and never had my pullets at POL ransacking the nest boxes for weeks without actually starting to lay.It is the hours of daylight and not vitamin D level. You can give them supplemental light in the winter to make them lay eggs but that is not usually necessary for first year pullets.
They will usually still start laying eggs but later than normal.
Similar here, might make 52°F tomorrow.It's a nippy 44 out with a drizzly rain. It isn't going to get much warmer either. High is expected to be 48 today.
Oh fun!!! We'll need a reportincluding lunch out with some BYC friends (I haven't met in person yet).
Thanks for the coffee!Good morning Cafe. Coffee is ready.
It's a nippy 44 out with a drizzly rain. It isn't going to get much warmer either. High is expected to be 48 today.