can you make hens lay during winter

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dadsgirl, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. dadsgirl

    dadsgirl Songster

    Jun 30, 2008
    jay, florida
    is there any way you get your hens to lay during cold weather
  2. MissChessy

    MissChessy Songster

    Sep 24, 2007
    I don't think you can make your hens lay in the winter. Mine have laid all year long, even in the hottest part of summer. Just be good to those girls and maybe they will reward you with eggs this winter.
  3. yellowdragon

    yellowdragon Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Springville, Indiana
    No, but you can trick some breeds. It has to do with the amount of light . They need at least 10 hours to lay, 14 if possible. So put a light in the coop and keep it on all night or half the night. That should do it.
  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Some people use lights to make them lay more, but I think they deserve a break and so as a rule don't do that. They'll live more healthy and longer laying lives if they get a rest now and then.

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