What breed do you have that is still laying in this cold weather?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SED, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. SED

    SED Chillin' With My Peeps

    491
    0
    129
    Aug 4, 2009
    North West Alabama
    And how cold has it been when they are laying?

    I have gotten only one egg in the past month or so, and it came today from my only Buff Orpington hen!
     
  2. breezy

    breezy Chillin' With My Peeps

    796
    9
    141
    Jan 7, 2009
    Sand Coulee MT
    I have 3 buff orpingtons and 1 jersey giant. All 4 are currently laying. We are back up into warmer temps right now 30s and 40s but we were darn cold ( below zero) a week ago. Mine molted in November and took December off but are back in the swing of things now
     
  3. HennyJenny

    HennyJenny Chillin' With My Peeps

    552
    2
    131
    Dec 26, 2009
    Bennington, NE
    My three Buff Orpington girls lay three eggs a day religously - no matter how cold it has been. It fascinates me. [​IMG]
     
  4. HarlansHollowFarms

    HarlansHollowFarms bana-bhuidseach anns gára

    Jan 16, 2009
    I have 22 Buff Orp hens and have been getting 16 eggs per day regularly. Including the past month when they have been locked in the coop 24/7 with the only light being 2 red heat lamps over the roosts. The temp for the last month has averaged below zero with the coldest -30F and the warmest -4F. I definately recommend these birds as cold weather layers!
     
  5. 19hhbelgian

    19hhbelgian Pigs DO Fly!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    New Tripoli PA
    I have 3 australorps, 2 of which are laying - they switch days, 1 will lay 1 day, then the other the next day... My polish are still giving me an egg 1-2 x /week, a serama egg or 2 each week, and my cochin girls give me an egg a day. (everybody is bantam accept for the BA's) It's been frigid here - around 10-15 at night, not counting the wind, and 20's during the day. I have 2 heat lamps in the coop, but they are red so it shouldn't be causing any real extension of the daylight for my girls [​IMG]
     
  6. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    Of my flock...

    The Welsummers, Barred Rocks, Javas, salmon Faverolles, Delawares, Jersey Giants, Buckeyes are all laying.

    The EEs take a 6 month break from Sept-Oct through March-April. (We specifically bought breeds that lay somewhat in the winter after having to buy eggs while we heated the chicken coop. [​IMG] ).
     
  7. chaneg78

    chaneg78 Chillin' With My Peeps

    112
    0
    109
    Sep 7, 2009
    Hudson IN
    We have 9 red sex-links. I live in northern Indiana. They have not slowed down at all. We still get eight or nine eggs everyday. We don't have any artificial light at all.
     
  8. alpinefarm

    alpinefarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    659
    9
    141
    Dec 6, 2008
    Western Colorado
    I live at almost 9000' elevation in the Colorado Rockies. I don't use heat in my coop or lights. I have hens laying on average about every 3rd day (when it warms up a bit, they lay better, when it goes below 0, they hold off).

    The Norwegian Jaerhons are doing the best by a little bit, then the Ameraucanas, then the Welsummers.
     
  9. DaKid

    DaKid Chillin' With My Peeps

    739
    1
    153
    Aug 31, 2008
    Berkley , Ma.
    Ok for me temp. are down to 20*f with a wind chill around the 0 to teens , my coop is about 40*f with only 2 -3 100 watt RED heat lamps running an i been closing the run door at night , I have about 24- 26 layers which I've still been getting about 15- 18 eggs daily .......some are still in molting and I live in the north east in Mass.
    I have RI Reds, Lt. Bramhans , White Leg Horns , Buff Orpingtons ,and a few mix mutts hens LOL


    Thanks Al.
     
  10. domino7

    domino7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    901
    0
    129
    Jan 4, 2009
    N.E. Ohio
    From what i understand, hours of light is the primary factor, not the temp. Without adding either, my australorpes are still laying pretty regularly.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by