Spring Foward....My hens are off..no eggs

Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by Jnkbtd08, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. Jnkbtd08

    Jnkbtd08 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So , I'm exhausted this morning from the time change, I start my morning routine like normal. But when I went out to collect eggs and feed my hens and ducks, I looked all over, no eggs.
    Did the time change thro anyone's hens or ducks off ?
     
  2. chickengirl1193

    chickengirl1193 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it just threw us off because we are out there an hour earlier than normal and.the eggs may not be there yet. Do you have lights in your coop?
     
  3. Jnkbtd08

    Jnkbtd08 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, they have a light. I did change it last night to a darker dimmer light. They won't need as much heat with the weather finally warming up
     
  4. Bogtown Chick

    Bogtown Chick Overrun With Chickens

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    Just that slight lighting change yesterday may be the issue. I remember doing some light changes when I first had my hens go into point of lay. it affected them right away. They are such interesting creatures.
     
  5. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Daylight Savings Time is a human invention and only we wear watches and play games with them. The amount of actual sunlight hours is unchanged.

    Whenever you make any kind of change, chickens can react. They are very sensitive to anything. They adjust and get back on track. When using supplemental light, any decrease of the brightness or time will effect them.

    I don't touch my supplemental lighting until late April when I shut it down. By then, nature has provided all the daylight hours they need.
     
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  6. chickengirl1193

    chickengirl1193 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have my supplemental lights on a timer and I changed it to go on ten minutes later because I wanted to slowly get the girls back on daylight but that ten minutes was such a drastic change for themthat I didnt have eggs for 2 days. I felt so horrible and now once the days are long enough im taking my lights out and switching to only natural light from now on.
     

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