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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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
    Alaska
    Yep they do funny things when we least expect it.
     

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