Will my new girls lay during winter or wait until Spring to lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by karlamaria, Oct 8, 2013.

  1. karlamaria

    karlamaria Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 30, 2011
    Western montana
    In August I let a broody hatchours 4 chicks, there now 8 weeks old and I was wondering if they will lay during the winter or will they wait until march/ april . There mixed girls, lemon coucko orphingtons , and Easter eggers. Normally chickens will lay between 5/7 months, so I was wondering if they will lay or there body will not make eggs until its lighter out and warmer?
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    I do not provide additional light. I’ve had both happen. I’ve had pullets first start to lay early December when the days were at their shortest. I didn’t expect that. I’ve had pullets from the same hatch wait until the days were getting noticeably longer in February to start. What will yours do? I don’t know.
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    I also do not add light, and mine start up during winter. It usually takes a while longer for them to start laying though.

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