Do hens stop laying during Winter?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ReillyJ, Dec 15, 2014.

  1. ReillyJ

    ReillyJ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 12, 2014
    Snohomish, WA
    i just got these hens full grown this Summer, they were rescues (in good health) and they layed great up until about 1 1/2 to 2 months ago.

    One i assume is a RIR (or Red sex link) and she is still laying almost daily. The Wyandotte and one EE is in molt so of course i don't expect from them and add in the low daylight hours..

    However the other EE hasn't laid in at LEAST a month or more and she's not in molt. I don't know how old these hens are but they were laying like champs during the Summer and early Fall.
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Hens generally stop laying during the molt and during the winter. But if you provide extra daylight hours then they should continue laying in winter.
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  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    They almost always stop laying in winter after their first winter of laying.
    They have to rest their reproductive tracts.
  4. CdnMatt

    CdnMatt Out Of The Brooder

    May 10, 2014
    It's winter here and I'm still seeing 11 eggs a day:/ I'm waiting for them to slow down but there are no signs if it. No extra light in the coop either.
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2014
  5. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    This must be their first winter laying eggs.
  6. DaveOmak

    DaveOmak Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 18, 2013
    Omak, Washington
    My Coop
    Where do you live....
  7. myfarm4579

    myfarm4579 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 28, 2014
    Funny how all chickens r different. I got sex links this past April the two reds r still laying but the 3blacks stop around Oct. I from Michigan and offer no extra lighting.
  8. Yardwork

    Yardwork Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 30, 2014
    I just started with chickens this summer. I have two brothers that have kept chickens for years and I have a close vet friend who raises all kinds of birds. Together the vet friend and I purchased BCM eggs and he hatched them in is incubator. I followed his guidance in the design and construction of my coop adding some things I gleaned from this site and other blogs. One of the unique things we both learned is how important the light is in laying. His BCM's have yet to lay the first egg and he has no light. I have a timer on my lighting that comes on around 3am and goes off at 7am. My BCM's have been laying for 2 weeks now, I have gathered 26 eggs so far.

    Here we have two flocks from the same hatch, one with light and the other without. My last store bought eggs for a while…

    Last edited: Dec 16, 2014
  9. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
  10. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    I posted this on another query, this is how I do it, works extremely well, hope it helps:

    There are a lot of opinions on supplementing light to keep the chickens laying during time period where there is less than 12-14 hours of available daylight. Do your research, read and learn, separate science from all the opinions.

    That said,

    My coop gets 16 hours of light 351 days per year.

    I turn lights off for 14 days to have birds go into a controlled moult late September .

    Having had to install electricity for the thermostatically controlled water heater, I took advantage and installed a lighting system.

    My system has two timers. The first is set to turn the lights on at 5:30am, off at 9pm.

    Power goes on, passes through a photocell, then to a 300 lumen LED bulb, 4.8 watts, in the 8x8 foot print coop, and 2 4.8 watt LEDs for the 14x14 foot print outside run.

    I light the run because I found the birds huddled outside the coop door in the dark one 5:30am morning...
    They have access to the run 24/7, as it is as secure as the coop.

    The lights are on only when it is dark enough outside to be necessary.
    The time on very closely mimics my Summer Solstice in NJ.

    The second timer is set to go on at 8:30pm, off at 9:30pm, a diffused 200 lumen LED 4 watt bulb.
    This low light allows the birds to settle in before all lights out and 8 hours of darkness.

    This system costs less than $5 per year to operate..

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