Light for Layers

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by river chicks, Sep 21, 2009.

  1. river chicks

    river chicks New Egg

    Sep 21, 2009
    Hi! I am new to this chicken stuff! I have 11 chicks, all supposed to start laying mid-October. I have read they need 14-15 hours of light to lay. If I reduce the time, do they stop laying altogether or just lay fewer eggs?
    Thanks [​IMG]
  2. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    Some breedsarebetter winterlayers than others.....Check Henderson's chicken breed chart for some ideas on which breeds, they are marked with a snowflake.....Temp and light have influence. Opinions vary amongst forum members as to adding a few hours of artificial light in the winter. Some feel the hens do better when given a bit of a break. Also, when chickens molt egg production drops because they need to 'invest' a lot of feed and energy into producing new feathers. Check out some threads in the 'Managing Your Flock', 'Egglaying' and 'Feeding and Watering' sections...
    Hope that helps to get some starting info....Also try posting in one of those threads:)
  3. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
  4. mullers3acers

    mullers3acers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2007
    la porte, In
  5. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from S. Florida! Glad you joined us!
  6. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

    Apr 18, 2009
    A Big Texas size [​IMG] [​IMG]

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