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COLD WEATHER AND EGG PRODUCTION

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cajunlizz, Dec 14, 2008.

  1. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2008
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    Well , we have close to 100 head in our flock . About 35 are really not old enough to start laying just yet . BUT the others are close to 9 months old and was only picking 3 - 5 eggs a day .

    When the weather started gettign cold , DH installed lights inside both our coops and BINGO ..... We have started picking 18 eggs to 2 dozen a day .

    Lights come on around 5:ish PM and off around 8:00 AM ... they still roosting and sleeping as usual , so I think they had their inner clocks backwards .... Looks like their DOWN TIME was during the summer months , but now we have jumped started the production . LOOK OUT FOR THE SPRING , they will all be laying by then . [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  2. spatcher

    spatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have 12 possible layers out of 30 hens-today all 12 came thru! Light is on from 4AM to 8AM.
     
  3. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2008
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    I also leave it on at night to warm the coops ... its real cozy in the coops for them
     
  4. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    24 hours of light isn't very healthy for the chickens.
     
  5. spatcher

    spatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are no heat energy savers! Dont seem to make a difference and they are not acclimated to the warm coop if the power goes out.
     
  6. #1California Chick

    #1California Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 5, 2008
    SF Bay Area
    Wow!! Lucky you!! I assume you sell the eggs??
     
  7. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2008
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    We sale eggs at the local flea market . $2.50 a dozen and neighbors buy eggs also . We have 2 permanent booths there every weekend . Been doing that since 2001
     
  8. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2008
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    Quote:Have you tried adding light ? It just takes the chill out . PLUS the eggs have increased , BIG TIME



    ALSO , if you have a rooster that is disturbing the hens , chasing , etc. will stop them from laying . Found that out the hard way .

    Took the idiot OUT and just left the Alpha and they do alot better .
     
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2008
  9. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2008
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    Quote:Well , they had their down time ( so to speak ) the whole summer . and besides its not a 200 watt bulb , its only 40 watt and they are still sleeping on the roost . It is sure not bright daylight in the coops . My chickens are very healthy, TYVM . [​IMG]
     

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