Shorter days

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by dewdropsinwv, Aug 3, 2013.

  1. dewdropsinwv

    dewdropsinwv Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have noticed the days are getting shorter. Should I consider using lights in the coop to help with continuous egg production? Any advice is appreciated. This is my first winter with chickens/pullets
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  2. buttercup95

    buttercup95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. dewdropsinwv

    dewdropsinwv Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks buttercup!!!! I have never had chickens before so this is all new to me. So much to learn!!!! Whew!.... and still learning
     
  4. buttercup95

    buttercup95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know even when you've had them for a while they'll still surprise you. It's a never ending process
     
  5. dewdropsinwv

    dewdropsinwv Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is a never ending process, but it is fun to watch them grow and change. I have 12 chickens/pullets. How many do you have and how long have you had them? I just got mine in March.
     
  6. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's still early to be turning on lights. When days get closer to 12 hours of daylight that's when to add light. You add light to get them to eat enough to keep up egg production. Young hens tend to need less "extras" to keep up production so if this is their first year, you might not need to add any lights. I don't and don't have a dramatic decrease in eggs. (still too many....)
     
  7. emma p

    emma p Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't believe that a light is necessary. Hens normally lay in the morning.
     
  8. dewdropsinwv

    dewdropsinwv Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh ok, thanks! I'm only getting about 6 eggs a day right now anyway. Hopefully the other girls will catch up soon
     
  9. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

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    I have always lighted Aug 15th to May 15th, as this keeps them from going under 14 hours of light. This varies some by your location.
     
  10. dewdropsinwv

    dewdropsinwv Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well Cindy in PA, It looks like you are only a short drive (few hours) from me. I live in West Virginia, about an hour from Pittsburgh! :D I noticed that it is getting dark around 8:30-9:00.
     

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