tips onhowto encourge egg laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chicken boy123, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. chicken boy123

    chicken boy123 In the Brooder

    Dec 3, 2012
    Hey BYCers! I need some advice. How can i encourage my RIR hens to lay? I just got them [ they are almost 1 year old] and they are barely laying. I have 4 and theyre only laying 10-12 eggs a week. Am i expecting too much?

  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    With this time of year and the low daylight hours, the only thing you can do is add lighting to your coop. It doesn't have to be much, just enough to read a newspaper by. You want 14-15 hours of daylight. It's best to add light in the early morning rather than at night, so you don't mess up their roosting behavior.
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  3. lahowardjr

    lahowardjr Chirping

    Aug 15, 2012
    Bache Oklahoma
    I'm adding a light tomorrow. 1/14 isn't feeding the family. I got a timer and florescent light that hangs in the rafter at Lowes. I'm hoping for a quick egg count increase.
  4. chicken boy123

    chicken boy123 In the Brooder

    Dec 3, 2012
    thanks so much! will do. Should i expect a higher egg count in spring?
  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    You say you just got them, so the stress of being moved and the new home could be to blame also. Stressed hens don't lay well. If you give them the extra light in the mornings, as Happy Chooks suggested and a little more time to settle in they should start laying more eggs before Spring.

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