laying in winter

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  1. happy call duck

    happy call duck Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi i am new at looking after chickens and ducks, do chickens lay in the winter and do i need any lights on in there coop.
    i live on the isle of wight on south coast of England, it does get cold but not much below -3 in winter. they have plenty of straw for now do i need to do any thing El's
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Some chickens will lay through winter without you needing to add a light, but as a rule hens need about 14 hours light a day to keep them in production. The light stimulates their ovaries and keeps them laying. Keeping them laying all year round can shorten their laying lifespan though. Hens have a certain number of egg cells and when that's used up they're done.
     
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  3. Red Barn Farms

    Red Barn Farms ~Friendly Fowl~

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    x2 sumi,

    You can add a light inside the coop attached to a timer to come on early in the am to make up the 14-16 hours light needed if you notice a drop in egg production.


    Hello & welcome to BYC from Kentucky!




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  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings again...x3 on sumi's advice! Good luck.
     
  5. jbirds2012

    jbirds2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    x4 on sumi's advice
     
  6. happy call duck

    happy call duck Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the advice, very helpful I have just started having chickens and ducks. any advice is gratefully helpful. I have chickens and 3 call ducks, and 4 year old cockier spaniel she is still getting used to all the girls and boys.lol
     
  7. PFSfarmer

    PFSfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is great people and info here......[​IMG]
     
  8. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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