Hours of Daylight for Egg Laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by gkeesling, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. gkeesling

    gkeesling Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2008
    Hagerstown, IN
    In Indiana here we are down to about 12 hours of daylight ( 7 - 7). This is my first season with chickens. They seem to be slowing down a little in their laying rate. Can anyone give me a suggestion when I should put a light in the coop, on a timer? I thought I read where they need 14 hours of light to keep their laying rates up.
  2. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2008
    Olympia WA
    Lots of people don't use lights in their coops. My hens laid just fine all winter without supplemental light. Some here feel that the extra light could be hard on their bodies, especially over the years--so try going without lights if you can.
  3. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

    Nov 26, 2008
    Neenah, WI
    I do 13 hours of light, with a timer, the birds I had on the timer last winter are still laying, what I do is figure out when dark is going to be, so it blends in with normal light patterns ( I write the times on the timer so I do it the same every year)

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