Do chickens lay eggs in the winter?

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  1. Smf0723

    Smf0723 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ive heard that chickens lay fewer eggs in the winter and i wanted to know if that was true and why.
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Hen's ovaries are stimulated by the amount of light hours they are exposed to. Shorter days (winter) means fewer eggs. This is why commercial eggs farms and some backyard chicken keepers provide electric light in the coop, to lengthen the "daylight" hours.
     
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  5. mkcolls

    mkcolls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sumi gave you the conventional wisdom on why hens may not lay or may lay less in winter.
    Personal experience - our newbie pullets from last summer laid well through the winter, our 18 month old hens nearly stopped altogether.
    We supplemented lighting 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the evening and egg production picked up by 20%.
    From what we read hens benefit from the slow down in darker, colder months.
     
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