Hen stopped laying


8 Years
Jun 1, 2011
Verona, NJ
My bantam EE layed her first egg 3 weeks ago and then proceeded to lay an egg just about every day for 2 weeks. Suddenly, about a week ago she stopped laying. When she was laying it was unseasonably warm and now it is well below freezing. Could that be why she stopped? Any ideas?
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You can put a light in their pen to help. I have timers in my new chicken barn, I have the timers set for 3:30 am to 7:30 am every day. All my chickens are about the same age, the pullets with light are laying great. I have 2 pens out front without light and I am not getting any eggs from those 2 pens, so the light does make a difference. Usually when the days get longer, the chickens will start laying again. They need about 14 hours of daylight to keep laying.
I would say 12 hours or more of daylight, or at least a little daylight. My hens are still laying now and we are getting about 8 hours of daylight and its about 30 degrees here. It all depends on your chickens and how healthy and comfortable they are.

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