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Winter egg production questions -

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mylittlehof, Nov 5, 2008.

  1. mylittlehof

    mylittlehof In the Brooder

    Jun 14, 2008
    Central Texas
    What causes less eggs: light or temperature? AND is it that production goes to zero or just less then in the summer? I'm still waiting for my first egg and hoping I'm not going to have to keep waiting until spring [​IMG]

  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    It's the light. Depending on the breed they could just slow down or stop altogether.
  3. congohelium

    congohelium In the Brooder

    Sep 5, 2008
    Monroe, WA
    Hens need 14 to 16 hours of light and layer feed to lay like they would in the summer. The temp in the coop should be between 45 and 80 degrees (F).
  4. Maryallison77

    Maryallison77 Songster

    Jul 18, 2008
    Fountain, Florida
    Thanks I kinda wondered about this too. maybe since I am in Florida I will do ok......
  5. I think it depends a lot on breed, as well. My two RIRs are laying daily and haven't slowed down at all. However, the other RIRs, who hadn't matured as quickly, don't seem to be maturing fast at all. I wonder if the light is affecting their speed of maturity. I'm thinking they won't start laying until after the winter solstice now.

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