Chick Rumor

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by grasjm36, May 19, 2010.

  1. grasjm36

    grasjm36 Songster

    Sep 23, 2009
    Hagerman, ID
    A friend of mine told me that if I get chicks now and raise them.....that by winter they will be laying so my original flock can take a break and I can continue with my endless supply of eggs. Is it true they will lay in winter???

  2. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    Nope. Probably not. Chickens rely on length of daylight to produce. Shorter days in the winter = less production. Sure, they will still occasionally lay an egg but sometimes we go weeks without any.
    So if you have more chickens, you will get a few more eggs than you would without the new ones but not enough to make a big difference.

    But dont let that steer you away from getting more chicks!! [​IMG]
  3. chubbydog811

    chubbydog811 Songster

    Dec 24, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Depends on the breed, and your set up...My bantams stopped laying as soon as it got cold last year (they had just started laying a few weeks before that), where as my Leghorns and Sexlinks layed strong all winter. My birds are also in green house like coops - clear plastic roofing, and the coops are insultated and draft free.

    Hope that answered what you were looking for.
    Last edited: May 19, 2010
  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    If they are just beginning to lay in the fall they are more likely to continue laying thru the winter despite the shorter days. Isn't true across the board, but it is true to some extent. That is what I do....keep rotating new pullets in and so I pretty much always am getting eggs, no matter the season.
  5. grasjm36

    grasjm36 Songster

    Sep 23, 2009
    Hagerman, ID
    So is it harmful then to leave the lights on all winter (like a red light) for heat AND light for production? I know its only going to be summer but I dont know if I want chicks right now. (well of course i want them)

    I dont want to stress my layers out, they deserve a break. But I am developing a pretty good customer ring right now.
  6. lottastuff9

    lottastuff9 In the Brooder

    Jan 3, 2010
    I agree with chubbydog811, it depends on your set up. If you have a timer on a light source(or you feel like getting up and turning it on) so that they "see" that the sun has risen you are in essence creating a longer day, thus your eggs should continue. I don't know how that would apply if you had a clear coop though. [​IMG]
  7. NeeleysAVLChicks

    NeeleysAVLChicks Songster

    Aug 4, 2009
    Leicester, NC
    Quote:That's very interesting and now that I think about it in that way, that's exactly what happened to me last year. My pullets that started laying spring to mid-summer slowed down more significantly during the winter last year than my later girls that started laying closer to winter. Hmmm, interesting...

  8. Spookwriter

    Spookwriter Crowing

    Feb 23, 2010
    Our RRR and Leghorns produced steadily all winter long.
    Ohio, didn't consider it a real bad winter.

    Unheated coop unless it went below 30 degree outside.
    Coop is solid, draft free. Windows on two sides that open
    for venting.
  9. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Quote:The red light is only for heat. Chickens need natural or white light for production.
  10. I want to SEE that greenhouse coop! I got new chicks last spring, and they were old enough to lay by fall, but with the decreases sunlight they didn't start to lay until MARCH! so 10-11 months old. YEESH. DH was ready to FREAK out... feeding all them for a year and no eggs! so this year I got mine beginning of April, instead of beginning of may, hoping to trick a few into starting laying... and maybe keeping going. It also depends on the breed. my 2 young chanteclers didn't lay in the winter months, but this year I got a pair of anconas, so here's hoping!

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