Do I need to add light to make them start laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ChickenMama78, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. ChickenMama78

    ChickenMama78 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 2 girl that were hatched April 15th (one is a golden sex-link, and the other is a Barred Rock), I also have a RIR that was hatched April 1st. My RIR has been laying for at least a month now, and the other 2 have not started laying. Do I need to add light to their coop to get the other 2 to start laying? I really wasn't wanting to add artificial light during the winter, but I really don't want to wait till spring for these other 2 girls to get started...any advice? Do you think they will start laying during the winter without the light?
    Thanks so much!!
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Well, without engaging the whole light vs no light thing, why not just try a little extra. Often, it is enough to "kick them in gear" so to speak. Just put a 13 watt mini flor on a timer and have it come on at say, 6 am and go off at 8 am. Those two additional hours might just be enough to do the trick.
     

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