laying, laying, laying.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 7littlebirds, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. 7littlebirds

    7littlebirds Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi!
    I have six hens, three White Orpingtons, two Rhode Island Reds, and one Black Star. They are around 9 months old and have laid like pros all summer. But now I am really wishing that they would stop and take a rest this winter! They are supposed to right? I know it's weird because most people have such a tough time keeping them laying.
    It gets very, very cold every night here. So I leave a red heat lamp on over their perches so they will stay warm under it. (I know that is what people use to keep them laying but I thought maybe it was better since it is a lot dimmer...) They have never been through a night without a light which I think may be a mistake now.
    They live in the barn in a stall that we covered completely with heavy wire. So it is really drafty. So how can I get them to stop laying, but keep them warm and not scared?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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  3. Smoochie

    Smoochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would just keep the light on the rest of the season. They will be fine in the barn.
     
  4. Smoochie

    Smoochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And most production hens lay through winter their first season and may slow down the next..and even more their third year.
     

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