Get my hens laying

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Hen farmer 123, Nov 10, 2013.

  1. Hen farmer 123

    Hen farmer 123 New Egg

    Nov 10, 2013
    Hi I have 60 hens about 40 are just over pol and the rest are a year and we are getting 6 eggs .we uster get 60 eggs a day we are in November now and they are on payers pellets and in the after noon They get a hand full of corn I let them out at 7:00 am and they go to bed at 5:00/6:00 pm :/ :/ help please
  2. All Henned Up

    All Henned Up Muffs or Tufts

    To force laying during cold short days you will have to use lighting they need 16 hours daylight to be productive. When using lights employ a timer and have it come on in the morning and let the setting sun trigger them to roost. That way the light does not turn off while they are milling about and the cant find roost in the dark. All hens stop or slow down in short daylight cycle. In freezing temps egg collection is almost an hourly job so they don't freeze, most backyard chicken keepers just let nature take it's course and when the days start to get longer and warmer they will give you an abundance of eggs.
    Welcome and enjoy BYC
    Steve. :frow
  3. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    Having a light come on in the coop around 4 am should help increase your egg production. You can learn more about lighting by looking through the Raising Backyard Chickens section of the Forum.
  4. chickenboy190

    chickenboy190 Overrun With Chickens

    May 31, 2013
    Welcome! Glad you joined BYC! :~D
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Shorter day length = fewer egg unfortunately.
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome to BYC! What everybody else said, shorter daylight hours means fewer eggs if you don't supplement the light. With that many pol pullets you might want to double check that something isn't eating/ stealing/ hiding eggs also.

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