Laying in winter

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by malmcmckn, Dec 24, 2016.

  1. malmcmckn

    malmcmckn New Egg

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    I have a white barama and she hasn't laid since snow fell. Is it normal for her to not lay during the winter?
     
  2. Crofts

    Crofts Just Hatched

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    I read somewhere that snow can be very stressful for chickens, particularly if they're more accustomed to warmer (and less white) surroundings. Stress can stop laying, so I'm told.
     
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2016
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Chicken reproduction is directly tied to daylight exposure. Shorter days in fall/winter means not enough daylight for production. It is very normal for adult hens to stop laying once the days get too short for production.
     
  4. lutherpug

    lutherpug Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chicken reproduction is directly tied to daylight exposure. Shorter days in fall/winter means not enough daylight for production. It is very normal for adult hens to stop laying once the days get too short for production.
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    I was going to say the exact same thing. Mine aren't laying either, can't wait for longer days! :)
     
  5. malmcmckn

    malmcmckn New Egg

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    My other 2 chickens still lay, Which leaves me scratching my head.. Is it just a difference in breed?
     
  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    How old are your chickens? When did they start laying?
     
  7. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Some breeds, or even individuals, are more sensitive to daylight than others.
     

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