Do hens lay in the winter?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by florafarmer, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. florafarmer

    florafarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    I got my first chicks this spring. Some have just started laying in the last couple of weeks. Will they lay through the winter? I am in central Mississippi.
     
  2. BetterHensandGardens

    BetterHensandGardens Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. florafarmer

    florafarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the link! I will check it out.
     
  4. Cattitude

    Cattitude Chillin' With My Peeps

    My Silkie X hens started laying about this time last year and didn't stop till this year's molt - two of them still haven't stopped. I haven't used any artificial lights in their chicken tractors nor any special feed. I must have gotten SuperHens!
     
  5. florafarmer

    florafarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm hoping for Super Chickens here too!
     
  6. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    Pullets usually lay without interruption their first fall and winter. As adult hens the following year, they can have seasonal rhythms to their laying. They may go broody in the spring or summer. Mine usually do a heavier fall molt. They're more effected by the shorter days of winter. How much any of these effects their laying will depend on their individual genetics.
     

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