Only 2 yrs old and not laying

chickenkid12

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So I am very puzzled and have been for some time. My 8 RIR hens have not been laying for about 12 weeks now. They were laying fine until the colder weather hit. I started their heater and they have a good light source but they are not laying. They just finished molting 4 weeks ago and still haven't started laying again. I need help to get egg production back, what is wrong and how do i fix this problem????
 

Ol Grey Mare

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As they just finished molting it is not surprising that production is an issue. When you say they have a "good light source" what are you referring to - how many hours, what spectrum of lighting, etc? How did you go about introducing the supplemental lighting - was it all at once to the point you are using now or did you gradually increase the amount of lighting to the total number of hours you are currently giving them?
 

chickenkid12

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I have LED lights on them. I read that they give off some of the same stuff as the sun does. I just put it on them full time as they hardly leave the coop and their run is covered with a tarp to stop stop from getting in. It was on them for only a couple hours a day, but now it is on them full time. I gradually added more hours of light to now its on full time.
As they just finished molting it is not surprising that production is an issue. When you say they have a "good light source" what are you referring to - how many hours, what spectrum of lighting, etc? How did you go about introducing the supplemental lighting - was it all at once to the point you are using now or did you gradually increase the amount of lighting to the total number of hours you are currently giving them?
 
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aart

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Having the lights on 24/7 is not a great idea.
They need about 14 -16 hours to lay, best to have it come on in early morning so they go to roost with natural sunset,
more light than 16 hours can shut them back down again as they have no dark period.
 

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