No sign of any winter change!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Fussy8, Dec 24, 2011.

  1. Fussy8

    Fussy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been told a lot that when the winter hits my hens will begin slowing down and even STOP laying because of the short winter hours and not enough light!!! WELL I have not seen a change!! Utah has had a very non snowy season but the day light hours are less... is this a good, GREAT, or really bad thing?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?? [​IMG]
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    You will not notice much change with chickens in their first laying season. After that, you'll see a HUGE change as they quit laying and molt.

    I have 20 girls of laying age (varying ages) and only 5 are laying. 3 of those are pullets in their first year.
     
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Yes indeed. THAT.

    I have two pens of first year pullets that are laying up a storm with only 12 hours of sunlight/supplement combination.

    The older hens are laying now and then.
     
  4. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

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    Or, do you have sex links? My RSLs have never slowed down across their several years of laying, not even during winter. They're little troopers. [​IMG]
     
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    for us, they lay awesome in the winter... it's June-September when they quit laying here when ave. temps go over 105... and I even have an AC unit in my coop!
     
  6. ChikenNugget

    ChikenNugget Out Of The Brooder

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    I have the same situation here. If anything, mine are laying MORE lately. I am 3 hours south of Montreal. Days are gettin' short!
     
  7. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Quote:No, they're getting longer now!!! We're past the solstice. Golly, we've probably gained back a whole minute since the darkest day on the 21st. [​IMG]
     
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Agreed. I am still getting 8 to 10 eggs a day from one coop with 13 pullets/hens, but this is the pullets first winter and the older hens in that coop have finished their molts and have started laying again.
     
  9. AkMartine

    AkMartine Out Of The Brooder

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    I live in Utah too, and my two red sex-link pullets are still laying, but the other three (two australorps and an ameraucana) have just about completely stopped. The red sex-links and the australorps are all the same age, they'll be a year old in April. Is that normal?
     
  10. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    [​IMG] Christmas present from my chicken.............my light brahma started back up from her molt! [​IMG]
     

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