Will they lay through the winter

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickenscratch, Sep 21, 2007.

  1. chickenscratch

    chickenscratch In the Brooder

    Jun 18, 2007
    Hi. My 4 hens, which are 2 Rhode Is. Reds, 1 Delaware and 1 Bantam (I think) are 18 weeks old today. So in theory they may start laying eggs in 2-3 weeks time. Which is also coinciding with the onset of fall/winter. I live in seattle where we are affected by limited sunlight hours during the winter. So my question is should I put a light on timer to trick them into thinking there's more sunlight then there actually is or will they still lay eggs just not as many through the winter.
  2. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Songster

    May 4, 2007
    That's what I do. I have a light on a timer...though I don't know why I bother since the eggs usually end up frozen anyway. [​IMG]
  3. davecash

    davecash Songster

    Jul 22, 2007
    the rhosde island reds are known to be hearty during the winter, but i dont know about the others., hope this helps.
  4. WindyOaksYokes

    WindyOaksYokes Songster

    Jul 17, 2007
    Central Virginia

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