Should we discontinue the additional light?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by nuchickontheblock, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. nuchickontheblock

    nuchickontheblock Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2010
    south portland, maine
    We began adding light in the coop in the fall when our days began getting short so the girls would have about 14 hours of light. Without the added light, the interior of the coop would only be light from about 8 am to 3:30 pm. Even with the additional light, one of our girls has started molting again (she had a light molt in the fall), and none of our 3 have laid an egg in about 3 weeks. I should add that they are about 2 years old, bantam ameraucanas and have always been poor layers -- very intermittent with lots of broody time.

    They usually go to roost on their own about 3:30, So should we just put on the light from 6 am- 5 pm so they have a bit of light to ensure they get on the roost ok? We have one hen who is pretty blind, so I do like to have some light for her to negotiate around the coop. [​IMG]
  2. clairabean

    clairabean Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2010
    Kootenays of BC!
    I am north of you in BC, and I do supplemental lighting in our bleak winters. I would continue lighting and hope fo rthe best. It sounds like they have other reasons not to lay than lights.

    good luck![​IMG]
  3. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    I don't add supplemental lighting to force egg laying. Forced laying will shorten a hens total life span. The shorter days of winter allow a significant drop in egg laying so the hens can recover and recharge for spring laying and chick rearing.

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