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How long will it take for them to lay again with supplemental lighting

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CowgirlPenny, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. CowgirlPenny

    CowgirlPenny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know everyone and their mama is asking about this right now. I know how to do it, and have it set up but my question is, about how long will it take for them to begin laying again? Days? Weeks? Most (or maybe all) just recently molted so I'm hoping now that's out of the way and they have light from 6-8am and from 6:30pm to dark that they will start again.....soon!

    Between 18 hens we are only getting 2-3 most days right now. Need them to lay again! BTW they are not old, they are February 2011 hatch and laid nicely all summer.
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Your light supply is fine, although you might find it more practical to provide the added light only the early, pre-dawn hours. That way, as the days grow even shorter over the next 8 weeks, the setting sun will be the cue at night to go to roost. Perhaps set the light to come on at 4:30 or 5 am.

    They will lay again, when they lay again. I know you don't want to necessarily hear that one more time, but it the truth, really. Feed them well, with good protein level of 18% feed and they'll kick back in when they are ready. Most likely your sex links and/or your production reds are your source of the eggs you are getting? Having first year pullets of such layers always assure "some" eggs. Other heavy breeds lay 240 eggs a year, which means there is about 120 days or 4 months total per year, that they are simply not bred to lay.
     
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  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    The molt will throw it off and can delay things (a lot).
    If not molting and very healthy, added light usually kicks things off in a week or two.
     
  4. CowgirlPenny

    CowgirlPenny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fred's Hens :

    Your light supply is fine, although you might find it more practical to provide the added light only the early, pre-dawn hours. That way, as the days grow even shorter over the next 8 weeks, the setting sun will be the cue at night to go to roost. Perhaps set the light to come on at 4:30 or 5 am.

    They will lay again, when they lay again. I know you don't want to necessarily hear that one more time, but it the truth, really. Feed them well, with good protein level of 18% feed and they'll kick back in when they are ready. Most likely your sex links and/or your production reds are your source of the eggs you are getting? Having first year pullets of such layers always assure "some" eggs. Other heavy breeds lay 240 eggs a year, which means there is about 120 days or 4 months total per year, that they are simply not bred to lay.

    I guess I will just be on pins and needles daily waiting for them to start again, it's like they are just starting for the first time with the anticipation. LOL I can't be certain because I don't go out there much these days (I'm pregnant so my daughter and husband handle most of the work now) but my daughter says that our PR Maggie is usually in a nest box. Someone is laying a light egg that I think belongs to a BR. I have 4 EE that should start laying anytime now too (they are April hatch) but at this point I will take any eggs anyone wants to lay! lol​
     

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