Lighting for eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickeneyfoot, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. chickeneyfoot

    chickeneyfoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just added 2-3 hours of light pre dawn about 3 days ago and gave the girls some extra protein to give em a boost. When should i expect eggs?
     
  2. dirtsaver

    dirtsaver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If your girls are young and not layed before they may not start until spring. If they have been laying this fall and slowed down they might pick up in a week or two after you add the light.
     
  3. chickeneyfoot

    chickeneyfoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes they layed before. It was actually 5 days now. Idk if they will lay. Any tips to get them going?
     
  4. Brandi Leigh

    Brandi Leigh Chillin' With My Peeps

    I set up my coop light to come on at 12:00AM and go off at 8:00AM. The hens seem to need a lot of light.
     
  5. chickeneyfoot

    chickeneyfoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's been 10 days now and no eggs. Anything else I can do?? Anyone?
     
  6. chickeneyfoot

    chickeneyfoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone??
     
  7. mals1e

    mals1e New Egg

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    I'm by far no expert and also new to chickens; I have two roosters (long story) and two hens, all Mille Fleur banties. After a few months of no eggs I began to solicit advice, I've heard chicken's need lots of light, warm water, and good nutrition. I was feeding regular laying mash; however, I went to a Tractor Supply and bought some 'booster' feed for laying hens. I mixed this into my 50# bag of laying mash, added another 10# of corn, made sure the electric heated water dish was kept filled with fresh water and once a week, I add about a tablespoon of sugar to their water. I gave the four chickens a half a squash daily to prevent worms, lettuce, spinach, apples, potatoes, oyster shells, lots of straw and low and behold, the two hens started to lay. We've gotten about a dozen or more eggs from them over the past month. They rarely lay in their box but rather on a nest of hay in their coop. The coop has a 12x12 totally fenced and enclosed yard that is covered with straw, perches, and things to keep them happy and occupied. I toss in things they can peck on. I hoping to add some more hens this spring. Hope this helps. Marilyn
     
  8. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    You may have to wait up to four weeks from when you add light. There's a slow buildup of hormones happening that will allow the birds to lay.

    Our lights are on from 4am to 8am. It took a full month for all our hens to come back into lay, but we're now getting 41-48 eggs a day from 50ish chickens. Before the lights, we were getting *3*.

    Hang in there!
     
  9. bantiesrule

    bantiesrule Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 13 hens (oegb), 1 is trying to cluck (which I'm trying to break-way to cold for little ones now) and 3 are too young to be laying yet, so that leaves me with 9 laying hens though a couple of those don't have the big red combs of a layer. I think I only have 7 that are laying. I do have supplemental lighting on (5:30 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.) but it wasn't until after I started feeding my chickens a warm mash in the mornings that they started laying regularly. They are now laying between 4 and 6 eggs a day. I've used supplemental lighting before (more for a little added heat than for the eggs) and I don't remember ever getting this many eggs in December and January. We aren't big egg eaters so it isn't a priority to me but I'm surprised what a difference this made, if that is in fact what is causing the rise in production. If someone else tries this, please let me know if it does makes a difference for you.
     

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