Shorter Daylight, laying slowing down, what feed?


Feb 19, 2018
Hi all,

I have a few hens, they are about 9-10 months old. They were laying fine all summer and now I'm down to about 1-3 eggs per day (from 7 hens, was getting 6-7 eggs daily during summer months). I realize its the shorter days and that they will most likely stop laying for the winter. But, I do still have a few laying, so do I keep giving them layer feed or do I change back over to finisher feed?

Just curious when I stop the layer feed. Don't want the hens not laying to get too much protein/calcium but the girls still laying will need the extra boost I think....

We are in MA, if that means anything. Looking for any input. This will be our first winter w/ the ladies.

Elissa in MA


Crossing the Road
7 Years
Jun 23, 2013
The Big Island/Hawaii
You could put out a separate dish of Oyster Shells for whomever has a need for it.

I used to feed layer but now strictly Flock Raiser after the chicks finish off a 5 - 10# bag of Medicated Chick Starter. When they get close to laying, I put a separate dish of Oyster Shells in their Chicken House. Never had an issue with laying nor shells being too thin, in fact it's pretty strong.


Free Ranging
Jul 26, 2016
Connecticut, USA
I have 3 hens, 7 - 15 week old pullets.
Only 1 is laying.
I feed a Non-medicated Starter Grower 18% Protein or a All-Flock/Flock Raiser 20%. Whichever is fresher when I'm at TSC. I offer Oyster Shells separately. I feed these year round to all. I did feed a Medicated feed to my day old chicks for 10 weeks before gradually transitioning to Non-medicated feed. Eggs I've collected in the past week. 20181127_121351.jpg . Nice strong shells. These are from my one laying hen. She's always been my best layer. A 32 month old Golden Comet. GC

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