winter eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kwynn's birds Alaska, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. kwynn's birds Alaska

    kwynn's birds Alaska Songster

    Aug 6, 2008
    Kenai, Alaska
    farming for me was slow last summer, for many busy reasons...and i had been giving the hens a break for the winter. that meaning that they have no extra light in their coop to keep up egg production. I was under the impression that chickens needed 12-14 hours of light a day.

    I live in alaska...
    December and January are the darkest months of the year.
    I have 16 hens. 6 of those are black Australorps...about a year and a half old
    Last week, I found eggs! I was so excited. [​IMG] Now I have been getting 2 a day, from 2 of the Australorps
    does this sort of thing happen all the time? Does any one else have 'Freak 'chickens?
    (freak is not a bad thing here [​IMG] )
  2. scooter147

    scooter147 Songster

    Jul 30, 2008
    Yep, it sure does.
    I have 24 hens and just started 14 hours of light in the coop this past week. I always like to give my hens a "break" for about a month or so. During December and thus far in January with 24 hens I average about 6 eggs a day.
  3. okieroy

    okieroy Songster

    Mar 29, 2009
    Bethany, Ok
    I've got some freak birds too. I currently have 7 laying hens. Since the big snow storm is over, I have been getting 6 to 7 eggs a day. I do not provide any extra light. I thought I would just let them rest.
    For the last couple of days, I have been bringing in 8 eggs at night. Go figure. Someone is doing double duty.
  4. PandoraTaylor

    PandoraTaylor RT Poultry n Things

    Jun 29, 2009
    Yep they do funny things when we least expect it.

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