My girls think it's summer.... Up to my eyeballs in eggs. Normal?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Back on the Farm, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. Back on the Farm

    Back on the Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always heard that production decreases over the winter. My girls never got that message. I'm getting just as many eggs as I did over the summer. Anyone else experience this? They free-range all day and get supplemental layer feed, also free choice, 5 grain scratch, and crushed oyster shells. Will they continue to lay well or will they take z 'break'?
     
  2. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Don't question a good thing! They will know [​IMG] and stop laying for you! [​IMG]
     
  3. lambchicks

    lambchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, there is another thread on this same subject. The days are starting to get longer. More light helps with egg production. Should continue till the hotter months arrive.
     
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2012
  4. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    good for you, don't jinx it. I feed mine just like you, free range all day...I dropped from 12 a day to 4...but I also have 3 in a molt of sorts too...
    mine are 39 weeks old.
     
  5. silkymom1986

    silkymom1986 The Silkie Villa

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    [​IMG] Mine haven't slowed down either, but I put a light in my coop to come on early in the mornings so they still have long days. But yea, don't jinx it, lol [​IMG]
     
  6. Lindz

    Lindz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine have slowed down recently but are starting to pick back up. We are having warm weather, people were playing golf here yesterday at 57. I agree don't jinx it.
     
  7. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    If they are in their first year of laying, you won't notice much difference. After that is when you get a HUGE impact on egg production. I've been able to squeak by without having to buy eggs thankfully, but just barely - and I started hoarding them in September.
     
  8. RedDrgn

    RedDrgn Anachronistic Anomaly

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    Our flock is brand new and our first; all hatched on July 5th. While we were told by seasoned veterans that it was likely they all would start laying in the middle of winter (because they're pullets), we were told that they'd probably lay later than would be usual (regardless of breeds) and that production would be low.

    Our chickens apparently don't care what anyone says. [​IMG]

    Our BA started laying at 24 weeks and has laid 12 eggs in the 14 days since she started laying. The only two days she missed were the 2nd and 4th days after she started. Ever since she's been dropping an egg a day. We're shocked, and in a way, I feel bad for her...like...OUCH! @[email protected]

    A second chicken (we have to find out who) started yesterday now...who knows what she'll do, and there are three more that haven't started just yet. If they all follow suit with the BA, we're going to be up to our eyeballs in eggs in the middle of winter.[​IMG]
     
  9. terryg

    terryg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you have pullets in their first year of lay, and especially if they are the hybrids designed for laying, or a breed like the leghorn, yes, it's normal for your chickens to lay through the winter. All other flocks will start to see an upswing in production in late February, especially if you're somewhere with mild weather. But, the following year, they'll molt and on top of that, production decreases by at least 20%. That's why commercial farms keep only young birds! I have a lot on my website about what to expect with older hens at www.HenCam.com.
     
  10. MakNat

    MakNat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my girls always lay better when its cold!!
     

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