crazychics4me

In the Brooder
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I know hens lay less when the days are shorter. Do they actually stop laying in the winter? If so, for how long of a span?
 

Animalian

Songster
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Jun 18, 2011
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Mine didn't stop until their second winter. Winter may be warmer here than where you are though. They also tend to lay less when I stop feeding them treats etc. No idea why. Their mash is complete!
 

Fred's Hens

Crowing
Premium Feather Member
9 Years
Two things influence whether hens stop laying completely in the winter. First, what breed? Some breeds slow to little or nothing in the winter. Second, most breeds will indeed lay in the winter, if they are provided "some" additional lighting. Whether you wish to provide a full 14 hours of light, using a light with a timer, or just provide "some" additional lighting to merely assist them is completely up to you.
 

crazychics4me

In the Brooder
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Sep 6, 2011
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Well I have 3 white leghorn, and I have 10 rhode island red. I also have 2 buff orpingtons but they probably won't lay for several months.
 

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