When will my chickens lay after winter

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rcockerham, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. rcockerham

    rcockerham Out Of The Brooder

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    Just wondering when my hens will start laying again. They quit laying this winter bc we didn't give them light.
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    They say they need 14 hours of light for laying, but I don't know the answer to your question. There are so many variables.
     
  3. fatcatx

    fatcatx Chillin' With My Peeps

    No tried and true answer as the breed, their age, and where you live all play their part. What is the breed and age?

    We have DP breeds that lay a bit in winter but 3 of our 4 just came into lay in January at 32-38 weeks old. As the days are getting longer now, they are ramping it up. We are up to almost 12 hour days and the last two weeks we got 22 eggs each week from our 4 ladies. As this is their first year, I expect egg production will be on the high side then taper off.

    If you can connect with someone in your state that has your breed, they could give you a better idea of what to expect.

    Edited to add: We do not give light either. I prefer to give them some time off and hope they will lay more in their 3rd to 5th years.
     
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2014
  4. rcockerham

    rcockerham Out Of The Brooder

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    I have americanas and they are about 8 months old. It's starting to warm up now it's like in the 40's but I don't see much sign of them ready to lay. I have them on layer feed, scratch and oyster shells tht the hens can get to if they need it
     
  5. fatcatx

    fatcatx Chillin' With My Peeps

    The temperature does not matter as much as the daylight. Since they shut-down completely for winter, I imagine it will take them another month or two to get geared up again, depending on your state, but that is just an educated guess. How many hours of daylight are you getting at this point? I know I am getting almost an hour more of daylight than my relatives in Washington right now so location plays a big role.

    If you pose this question in the Easter Egger forum (or do a search of it) you may find an approximate answer.
     

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