- Oct 7, 2009
Not that we have a Motel 6 or something, but we are having problems with our pullets starting to lay. They were hatched on April 15th, and so far out of 24 hens, we only have 6-10 laying. Today we gathered the most eggs - 10. We have 2 adult hens in addition, so 2 of those 10 were their eggs. Last night we decided to leave the lights on all night, and so today we had 10 eggs instead of 2-6 that we had been getting. Our question - will it hurt them to leave the lights on all night? Do we need to put the lights on a timer? Why are our hens laying so late....we expected them to begin laying last month. We have a variety of breeds - did it on purpose for a pretty flock. Buff Orphingtons, Wyndotes, Barred Rock, New Hampshire Red, Speckled Sussex, White Giant, and several others - all Heavy Breeds and brown egg layers. We would really like you opinion. This is our 5th year to have chickens, but we had to sell all a couple years ago because of my husband's health, and are just now rebuilding our flock. We did have 200+ before, but are relatively new to a backyard flock. We live on 3 acres in the country and the chickens have a great "palace" to sleep and lay in that my husband built when he was feeling better. Love this site and would really love your input. Clucks from North Caroina!