Will they lay through the winter

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

  1. chickenscratch

    chickenscratch Out Of The Brooder

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    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.
    Thanks!!![​IMG]
     
  2. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    Maine
    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 17, 2007
    Central Virginia

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