Egg Production Decline

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ml143333, Dec 12, 2014.

  1. ml143333

    ml143333 Out Of The Brooder

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    We ten birds - one leghorn, 2 Plymouth rocks, 3 Rhode Island reds, 2 Easter eggers, a lavendar orpington, and one barred rock rooster. They are all about 9 months old and prior to winter setting in, we were getting 7 - 8 eggs a day. Once winter set in and the time changed, we are getting 2 - 3 a day, if we are lucky.

    We installed a light in the coop and have it coming on at 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm. The sun is usually up by 7:00 am, but my rooster is crowing at 5:00 am. I open the coop at 6:00 am, but none of the birds come out then as it is still dark outside.

    Should I increase the lamp to come on at 5:00 am or 6:00 am?

    Not sure what else to do or if it will even help this year.

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  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    How long have you had the light at the current setting and what type of light are you using?
     
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  3. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    It works better with my flock to have the light come on at 4am and go off at 9am. When i tried extending the light in the evening, my girls wouldn't roost before the lights went out and spent the nigt on the floor.
     
  4. ml143333

    ml143333 Out Of The Brooder

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    We have had the light on for 6 days.

    We have a 75 watt regular light bulb in there. Someone told us not to use a heat lamp, but rather a 75 watt bulb because of the frequency of the bulb.

    Thank you for your help!
     
  5. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Six days of supplemental lighting is not sufficient to expect to see an impact just yet - but I do agree with the suggestion to add the light in the morning rather than evening hours.
     
  6. ECBW

    ECBW Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also add light in the morning only, using CFL. In pre-dawn, I can see them milling around and feed in the lit coop.
     

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