Fall and winter egglaying??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by funonahonda, Nov 5, 2008.

  1. funonahonda

    funonahonda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello,
    It has been about 3 to 4 weeks since the chickens have laid any eggs, just wondering if it is because of the time change, Can we put a light in there to make them lay again? Thanks for the help.
     
  2. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    Have you noticed any feather loss (molt)? If you put a light in they may start laying as long as they are not in a molt.
     
  3. millhoff

    millhoff Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine went through a molt but I believe it has been done for a little while now and still no eggs. Any thoughts?
     
  4. funonahonda

    funonahonda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is some feathers all over the run and the coop but that is just what comes off every once and a while, they are not missing no feathers, or have any bare spots without feathers.
     
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    If it's not a moult then it's more than likely the change of seasons and the decreased amount of daylight that brings.
    You can add light to keep the egg laying going but you should read up on it first here on BYC. There are some good reasons why it's wise to let the chickens have a winter vacation.
     
  6. funonahonda

    funonahonda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What search word would I search for??
     
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:You can do a keyword search for 'adding light'. Here's one to get you started:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=101378&p=1
    Here are the basics: If you chose to supplement light, it's best to add it in the morning vs. at night. You'll need about a total of 14 hrs. of light a day.
    A hen only has a certain number of eggs to lay in her lifetime. You can add light and get a steady stream of eggs but it's likely that hen will stop laying for good at an earlier age than if you let her go natural (no additional light). If you don't add light the hen may or may not take a winter break (depending on the breed), which is good for her because egg production is hard work and takes a toll on the hen's body. Without added light the hen will lay when nature intended her to and will more than likely lay for a longer period over her lifetime.
    I'm am very pro-natural, but like I said read up on it. I think it's important to know both sides of the coin before you decide.
    Edited to fix the link.
     
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  8. funonahonda

    funonahonda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you very much GRITSAR, I will just let them go naturally I never really knew that they were supposed to have a break.
     
  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    In commercial operations they don't get that break. Some folks that raise them as livestock vs. pets also don't give them that break. They just prefer to cull and replace them after just 2 or 3 years.
    For people that consider them to be pets with benefits (the benefits being the eggs) it just makes sense to give them that rest period. I want my chickens to be around for a good long time and still be able to help pay for their feed. [​IMG]
     
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  10. mahsmaj

    mahsmaj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think Im going to let them go natural... just think. they will quit when they were naturally supposed to...
     

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