Is it okay to let hens stop laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by PiratePrincess, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. PiratePrincess

    PiratePrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2011
    My hens, bantam cochins, have all stopped laying since it started getting dark so early. Is it okay to just let them not lay for awhile or do I need to set up a light in the hen house and extend daylight artificially? I am not concerned about not having eggs at the moment but do want them to start laying again at some point. Mostly I just want to do what is best for them. Thanks in advance!
  2. Tracydr

    Tracydr Chillin' With My Peeps

    It's the most natural thing for them. Adding light is unnatural. I do it so that we can have eggs all winter. Here in AZ, our chickens get the summer off, I figure they get plenty of vacation.
  3. CluckyJay

    CluckyJay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2011
    Crossville, Tennessee
    It won't hurt them to stop laying. [​IMG]
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    It's best to let their bodies flow with the natural rhythms, in my opinion.

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