Eggs in Winter

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rstampa, Oct 7, 2009.

  1. rstampa

    rstampa Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    Tampa, Florida
    My pullets will be ready to lay their first egg in December. Will they or will they wait till spring?
    Living in Tampa Fl. December is not too cold around 75-80 daytime and nights 50-60 degrees. In Feb it could go down in the 30's but usually in the mid 40's. Daytime temp. are all over the place here. 50's to 80's. February is a weird month.
  2. ChickMagnet09

    ChickMagnet09 In the Brooder

    Oct 7, 2009
    I am not an expert as this is my first year having chickens but I have heard as that as long as they get plenty of light in the winter (In Minnesota it is a little different we need heat!!) that they will lay in the winter!
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I had 2 pullets start last December. I do have light and heat in the coop. They started the second week of December and have layed 6-7 eggs a week since. A RIR and a Barred x White Rock.

  4. wombat

    wombat Songster

    Jun 23, 2009
    Some are more sensitive to how many hours of light per day they are getting (and you can use a light to get around this). I'd think that Florida is warm enough that they'd lay through the winter, but I don't live there.

    I'm in Maryland, and ours slow down a bit in the winter, but they still lay.

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