Why are my hens laying in winter?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by annabobbob717, Jan 3, 2016.

  1. annabobbob717

    annabobbob717 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello!
    I live in upstate new York and it is winter time. The day starts around 7:10 am and ends around 4:50 so the days at work very short. Why are my one and a half year old hens laying still! I get eggs from each every day! I thought hens do not lay much in the winter! (I am not using light supplement either)
     
  2. Terri C

    Terri C Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm in Central Oregon and its 19 degrees. My two Sexlinks are like clockwork, but my two Arucaunas and two Buff O's aren't laying at all!
     
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  3. shodack

    shodack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You're lucky! I'm also in upstate NY, and my four 9 month old chickens are only giving me one egg a day! I expected them to be laying a bit more their first winter, actually.
     
  4. Terri C

    Terri C Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am new, but understand that chickens only lay one egg a day, so it sounds like your girls are doing all they can! Please correct me if I'm wrong!
     
  5. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Probably means one egg total from nine hens. We have six and get between one and four a day. No supplemental light.
     
  6. shodack

    shodack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry, I wondered if it sounded confusing when I typed it- I meant one egg total, not from each!
     
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  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Sometimes first year layers lay all winter.
    What breed are they?

    Sounds like more than one to me!
     
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  8. Spartan22

    Spartan22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They must be leghorns or barred rocks?! My 1 1/2 yr olds are still laying everyday, while my 3 black copper Marans (9 month old) took a break way back in October.
     

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