Is it okay to start adding light now that my flock has started to molt

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by JLS, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. JLS

    JLS Love my feathered babies!

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    99% of my hens are molting as expected. One has new feathers but didn't drop her feathers like the rest. This monday I started having a CFL come on in the early AM to get them back into egg prduction (I have 20 hens and I am only getting 4 eggs per day for the past 3 weeks [​IMG] ).

    Is adding light now okay?
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    I would rather they spend a little down time, myself. I'd rather they use the protein in their feed to re-grow their feathers. Later, when they are re-feathered and healthy? Perhaps. But right, it is hard to both regrow feathers and lay eggs.
     
  3. JLS

    JLS Love my feathered babies!

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    would I mess them up terribly if I cut the light now that they have had it for 4 days?
     
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    No. That wasn't all that long.
     

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