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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by comerrick, Nov 10, 2008.
Is it delayed when it is starting to get more like winter everyday? Thanks
Yes, the chickens need 14 hours of daylight to lay at their bests. The shorter the days, the more production is decreased.
And, they don't all lay at 20 weeks. Some of mine are 25 weeks and still haven't started to lay.
Thanks. I have a light in the coop, that gives them 14 hours of simulated daylight. But that might not be enough. Glad to know it is normal for them to be older and laying. They have really bulked up the last few week, and most of them have had their comb and waddles come in.
cold weather and molting both take a toll on how they lay, or how soon they lay,, plus, even in summer, with the same breed birds, you could have 1 start at 15 weeks, another at 23, and another at 30 ,, each bird is her "own" self,, but yes, cold weather COULD make them take a little longer then warm weather,,,, the same goes for HOT weather.