Winter is almost over have your hens started laying again?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ninabl, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. ninabl

    ninabl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn't put lights in my coop this winter and my hens quit for the season. Have yours started laying again yet?
     
  2. OldGuy43

    OldGuy43 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Of course I live in a different climate, but ours actually have been laying better with the cooler weather and shorter days.
     
  3. ninabl

    ninabl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's good. I let my hens have the winter break. This coming fall I will hopefully be moved and have lights setup for them so they can keep going. They live in a tractor right now but I plan to build them a nice big coop by mid summer. I was just curious when they should start laying again without the artificial sun lite. Thanks
     
  4. OldGuy43

    OldGuy43 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Couldn't tell you. I don't artificially alter the length of day. From my experience, I'm not convinced that it works all that well. The idea comes from "egg factories" using it to optimize production. As I said, my hens are doing great without it. We've been getting 9 eggs/day from 12. [​IMG]

    I'm pretty sure someone will disagree with me, but that's been my experience.
     
  5. hispoptart

    hispoptart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We also gave ours the option of a break and they did not stop until they went into a molt, Took them about a month to start back up.
     
  6. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hens took a break from November to December, and then around the second week of January they started laying again. My 3 buff orps and 1 rir never stopped laying.
     
  7. ella

    ella Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm near the cities in Minnesota and yes! I collected a dozen from the flock the other day. From the 30 of them, their ages range from 3 to 8 years old. It's just annoying to have to wash eggs again.
     

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