Time change and egg laying...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Bec, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. thndrdancr

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    How will having them in the kitchen and living with a night owl affect them? [​IMG]
     
  2. mdbucks

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    Quote:The way it is spose to work is that a hen lays an egg every 14 hours of light, so if you have only 10 hours of sunlight per day you would only get 5 eggs per week, where if you add 4 hours each morning you fool them into giving you an egg each day, thus 2 extra eggs per week. This of course is in ideal situation, if your hens were only giving 5 a week with 14 hours of light days they may cut back to only 3 per week. Hope this helps, if not I 'm sorry i confused you worse.

    Edited to add OF LIGHT If we had 14 hour days the whole calender and days of the week would be ascue.
     
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  3. debashan

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    It's a compact yellow, the kind you would use in a house. doesn't throw heat, tho. mdbucks, did youmean to say a chicken lays every 14 hrs? I wouldn't want a new chicken owner to have unrealistic expectations of his hens. Unless I'm mistaken, Mine lay every 23-26 hrs.
     
  4. PurpleChicken

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    Quote:Bec,

    Your getting wrapped up in the hour thing. Human time does not matter
    to chickens. We turned back the clocks so WE think it's 5PM at sunset.
    If a chicken normally layed at 4PM it should now lay at 3PM, again TIME
    IS A HUMAN THING.

    I don't know if chickens hold eggs. I suppose they can, for how long is
    anyones guess.

    As for sounding dumb you don't. Every spring and fall I have a thousand
    or so clocks to deal with and I still mess up on them. Personally I
    wish they would do away with daylight savings time.

    Don
     
  5. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Quote:The way it is spose to work is that a hen lays an egg every 14 hours, so if you have only 10 hours of sunlight per day you would only get 5 eggs per week, where if you add 4 hours each morning you fool them into giving you an egg each day, thus 2 extra eggs per week. This of course is in ideal situation, if your hens were only giving 5 a week with 14 hour days they may cut back to only 3 per week. Hope this helps, if not I 'm sorry i confused you worse.

    Huh, every 14 hours? What if it's a weekend? How would an eclipse
    affect them?

    And what about a leap year Mr. Professor???
     
  6. mdbucks

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    Quote:sorry my mistake I edited to add OF LIGHT
     
  7. mdbucks

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    Quote:The way it is spose to work is that a hen lays an egg every 14 hours, so if you have only 10 hours of sunlight per day you would only get 5 eggs per week, where if you add 4 hours each morning you fool them into giving you an egg each day, thus 2 extra eggs per week. This of course is in ideal situation, if your hens were only giving 5 a week with 14 hour days they may cut back to only 3 per week. Hope this helps, if not I 'm sorry i confused you worse.

    Huh, every 14 hours? What if it's a weekend? How would an eclipse
    affect them?

    And what about a leap year Mr. Professor???

    let me slip on my MR Rodgers sweater and we'll address this issue.

    First I made a mistake and didn't put OF LIGHT, silly me I thought most would know that there ore 24 hours in a day. so I was refering to hours of light.

    the 24 hour day is based on the rotation of the earth, which means that the earth rotates 1 time every 24 hours, so when a rotation is completed we call that a day.

    There is no calender in my coop and my chickens work weekends(for no extra pay they dont have a very strong union). In fact if weeks were 14 days long my chickens would continue to show up to work every day.

    Chickens do not need full sun for time to count towards the 14 hours of light so even during an eclipse the clock continues to tick. which is why you can fool them with a small wattage bulb, and everyone doesnt have to have a SUN in thier chicken coop.

    On leap years you get an extra day of work from the chickens, and again they cant tell what day it is, and it would only confuse them trying to explain why some months have 30 and some have 31, so throwing in the 28/sometimes 29 month of febuary would just confuse them.
     
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  8. nccountrygirl

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    md, welcome back. We have missed your humor.
     
  9. Bec

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    I now understand...[​IMG]
    the day is just the same for them....our clocks tell us different....theirs never changes....I now get it...LOL..How dumb...hahahahahaa [​IMG]
     
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