im new to raising chickens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chip154, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. chip154

    chip154 New Egg

    Feb 27, 2014
    I have 5 hens of laying age and have got less than two dozen egess in 3 weeks is that normal for a cold winter in pa
  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us.

    Well… the answer to your question may depend on a number of issues.

    If they are within their first year of laying, then they will lay through the winter without artificial light supplementation. Past that time, they would need light supplementation to simulate an extension of daylight to 14 hours. (I don't provide supplemental light and let mine rest through the winter. Funny thing, one of them started laying again in January this year - and she's 4 years old! Go figure.)

    Breed plays a factor as well. Some breeds will lay almost daily, while other breeds may lay less.

    That's a couple of things...

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