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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mathchick, Jan 5, 2014.

  1. mathchick

    mathchick Hatching

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    Hi. I'm a mathematician with 6 chickens on our property. We have 15 acres our chickens and house are fenced in on an acre . We started having chickens as a activity for our 9 year old daughter. We have been happy with our eggs but the finicky winter of the middle of FL has set in with hard freezes sporadically.
     

  2. chooks4life

    chooks4life Crowing

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    Not sure if your post is an introduction of sorts or asking a question about eggs in winter? Hello and welcome to BYC if it's the former, and if it's the latter, well there's a few ways to get eggs though winter.

    Personally I favor feeding them kelp and keeping hens of different ages. When some which hatched in spring take their break from laying, the ones who hatched later on (often the daughters of the first lot) are laying. When the daughters take a break, the mothers resume, and so on, and since they're on kelp they keep doing this for years without production drop or premature ageing.

    Some people favor lights, indeed some people believe there is no other way to get eggs though winter, lol. But they haven't tried kelp and they cull their hens every second year or so which I don't think is truly economical or healthy.

    It's really down to what you believe is worth trying or will/won't work. Best wishes.
     
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Winter will be over soon and hopefully spring makes a quick arrival.

    Great to have you aboard and enjoy BYC!
     
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Crowing

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    If you mean they are laying fewer eggs, that is more related to days becoming shorter than to temps. Once the days start lengthening, your hens will likely pick up.
     
  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Happy you joined!
     

  7. cluckcluckgirl

    cluckcluckgirl Queen of the Coop

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    [​IMG] Chickens' egg production will decrease as winter closes in.
     
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  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC.
     

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