Changes that boosted winter egg production from 1 to 6 per day

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by legacyln, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. legacyln

    legacyln Songster

    Mar 18, 2008
    Jefferson City, MO
    Thought I'd mention a couple things I did recently for the comfort of the hens that also resulted in increased egg production -- from 1/day to 5/day and climbing.

    My chicken house is not well insulated and one hen was molting in early December, and I decided to go ahead and put the brooder light w/a red bulb in it in, even though my family never heated our hen houes when I was growing up. I just felt bad for the girls, so...

    Also, I previously watered outside in the run and was giving fresh water every morning, but with the cold tem,ps, that meant that on some days the watyer would freeze and they might go part of the evening without any water. So I shelled out the cash for a water heater at the feed store and set it up inside them henhouse since I noticed with the red light they get off the roost a bit in the evebings to eat.

    The increase in eggs began after I added the heat lamp but really took off after I heated the water, which makes sense since of course they could not have been getting enough water before not only for egg production but also just for their general health.

    Healthy girls
  2. farmerlor

    farmerlor Songster

    We put in a heat light and put the waterer under it. No more frozen water, the coop is slightly warmer and we have 11-13 eggs a day from our 17 girlies but 7 of my girlies have only just turned 26 weeks old so they may not all be mature yet.
  3. Eastins Eggs

    Eastins Eggs Songster

    Jan 11, 2009
    Ceresco Nebraska
    It's not the heat but the extra light.
  4. needmorechickens!

    needmorechickens! Songster

    Jul 2, 2008
    West TN
    I had been throwing the idea of adding a red heat lamp to my mixed coop, which has most of my egg layers in it. I think I will try it for a week or so and see how it changes!
  5. Splash_Guard

    Splash_Guard Set Free

    Dec 3, 2008
    Sounds good. I must have hit upon the perfection in my hen house: 250 watt red light runs 24/7; full spectrum white, 60 watt is on 15 hours/day. A water heater is a MUST in cold regions to keep the water from freezing. Getting 19 a day from 23 hens - can't find the 4 slackers....
  6. seafood

    seafood Songster

    Feb 12, 2008
    My egg production was cut to absolutely nothing in November. A few of the hens were going through a mild winter molt...but all of the others were fine.

    2 weeks ago I added a light in the coop that gives them 14 hours of "daylight". I am now getting 4 or 5 eggs a day. It really is amazing how they were created and what their systems react to.
  7. rooster0209

    rooster0209 Songster

    Apr 7, 2008
    North Dakota
    I wonder if mine are molting. How can you tell? They arent loosing alot of feathers but there are quite a few feathers on the floor. What do molting chickens look like?
  8. seafood

    seafood Songster

    Feb 12, 2008
    Mine are only 9 months old and I have heard conflicting stories on molting prior to one year of age. I do not believe mine went through a full molt. However there were lots of feathers in the coop and about 4 hens were missing almost all of their neck feathers. I just assume thats what was happening.
  9. legacyln

    legacyln Songster

    Mar 18, 2008
    Jefferson City, MO
    I'm up to 10 eggs a day now from 12 girls.

    The molt we had in December was a light one where she lost lots of neck feathers and just looked really raggedy in general. Even w/a heavy molt, usually they don't lose all the feathers, they just look VERY bedraggled and you can see lots of pin feathers coming in.
  10. miron28

    miron28 Songster

    Sep 8, 2008
    lenoir north carolina
    my chickens haven't laid a egg in 2 week i guess i have to try the light plus they are going thorugh a heavy molt.

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