How long for lights to regulate laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by KYBOY, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. KYBOY

    KYBOY Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I let my hens take a break for most of this winter..Well I put a light in both houses about 9 days ago..Production has raised a noticeable ammount but isnt anywhere near normal production. In fact its about half. Most of last summer and fall I got 15-18 eggs a day from those same 19 hens..They are getting around 14 hours of light a day..Feeding the same feed..
    Now I dont expect the lights to regulate the laying in 9 days but about how long do you think it will take??
     
  2. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

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    Not sure how long it will take but I provide 16 hrs of light.
     
  3. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    I added 4 hours extra of light for about a week and finally got one of the girls to lay. Since I don't have electric out to the duck pen, I just use the light from hubby's Ryobi tool set...
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    I recharge the battery during the day and place the light in their hutch at night. It fades out after about 4 hours.
     
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  4. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    Mine took about two weeks to start laying again. They've been laying for a month or more now and I'm starting to improve by the day now. A lot of it is the season, but just keep it up and they will do better. Half eggs is better than NO eggs.
     
  5. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    The quoted average needed for most hens is 14hrs. Most of mine are pretty happy with 12 and started laying within a week with nearly all laying after 2 weeks.
     
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  6. KYBOY

    KYBOY Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wonder if its because my chickens can still see its dark outside,LOL [​IMG]
     

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