Egg laying in the winter

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Tinkerchick, Nov 2, 2007.

  1. Tinkerchick

    Tinkerchick Out Of The Brooder

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    My hens are only 6 months old and no eggs yet. I want them to lay through the winter but I heard they don't do that. If I run a light out to the coop will that help?
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  2. peepkeeper

    peepkeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they are at the age to start laying anytime now. Put out oyster shell for them to peck at and feed them layer food. You'll need a light in the coop to keep them laying through the winter, a simple drugstore timer will turn it on and off (mine goes on at 4 and off at around 8:30). Be patient!
     
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  3. Tinkerchick

    Tinkerchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Thankyou peepkeeper. It is hard to be patient though when I am so excited for there first eggs. I can't wait!
    We'll put out the light today.
    Thanks again.
     
  4. chicken cooker

    chicken cooker New Egg

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    Quote:I'm new here and this may be a stupid question -- but do you turn on the light at 4 PM and off at 8:30 PM to extend daylight hours through the winter?
    And another -- how much light is enough?

    Sunrise here is after 7 AM now and sunset is right about now (just before 6PM)
    thanks
     
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  5. peepkeeper

    peepkeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, chickens need about 14 hours or so of light to keep laying as a rule. You don't need a lot of light, a 40 watt bulb will do. Pick up a timer so you can forget about it.
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Better to add light in the morning so it doesn't just turn off suddenly when they're going to roost, unless you plan to go out every night and turn it off yourself and can see that they aren't still wandering around.
     

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