extending hours of light

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Opa, Jul 10, 2008.

  1. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    I was wondering what the consensus is about maintaining 14 hours of light throughout the winter. Several people have suggested this as a means to keep hens laying regular. Others have said that it shortens their egg laying years. One friend says she allows normal light reduction and lessened egg production and her hens are 7 and 8 years old and still laying 4 eggs a week. Her brother keeps light on his hens and they only last 2 1/2 years. Any opinions?
  2. morelcabin

    morelcabin Songster

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    Well, I breed a new flock every year for eggs and eat the older ones for meat...so it works for me...but, those who keep chickens as pets might want to keep thier hens around for a few years so they might not think the same:>) Keeping lights on them does shorten thier lifespans, laying full time burns them out

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