Supplement with a light or wait until Spring?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chickanne, Oct 20, 2015.

  1. Chickanne

    Chickanne Out Of The Brooder

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    3 hens are 25 weeks old and no eggs yet. BR, EE, Welsummer. We are in the Bay Area and daylight lasting just under 12 hours now. Is it better to let them mature naturally and get eggs in the spring? Will I just get little eggs now if it is more light they need? Thanks!
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    Light won't affect the first year of laying, they should start soon and will lay until next fall at their own personal pace. You can't stop it. They will start laying smaller eggs and they will slowly enlarge until they reach the size they will be.
     
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  3. Chickanne

    Chickanne Out Of The Brooder

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    That's good news! Thanks for the new info about first year hens not being light dependent.
     

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