Why are my chickens laying? no light added!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tadpole98, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. tadpole98

    tadpole98 Songster

    Mar 20, 2012
    Heres the deal, I have around 60 give or take hens that are laying. its great that they are laying, dont get me wrong. but they havent had any extra light on them for months, yet we get around 40-50 eggs a day. why are we still getting eggs?

  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Either you are very lucky or have high production bred young birds. 80 to 90% production rate this time of year is exceptional.
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2013
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Some breeds and hens are less affected by light hours than others. I have 4 leghorns and some bantams and they are laying well despite the short days. At the moment it only gets properly light here around 8:30 and by 17:00 it's dark again. I don't supplement their light as I'm keeping them more for pets than eggs.
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    First year pullets, especially production strains, will lay very well their first winter. Not unusual.

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