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Keep Your Chickens Laying Eggs Through Winter

There is a relatively easy way to maintain good egg production through winter. It's all about light.
  • All About Lighting

    There is a relatively easy way to maintain good egg production through winter. It's all about light. Day length, in addition to overall health and nutrition, is a key factor in egg production in chickens. Extensive research by poultry specialists at land-grant institutions across the country has determined that chickens begin laying regularly when day length approaches 12 hours per day. 

    Date Published: November 2, 2018
    Date Updated: November 9, 2018
    Tags: Chickens, Winter, Eggs
  • Stay in Rhythm

    This natural day length rhythm is beneficial for flock reproduction. Hens begin laying more eggs in spring as the daylight extends. Chicks hatch in late spring and grow during the warm summer weather. The young birds are fully mature before harsh winter weather sets in.

    Date Published: November 2, 2018
    Date Updated: November 9, 2018
    Tags: Chickens, Winter, Eggs
  • Timing is Everything

    Supplementing morning lighting allows birds to roost naturally at night when the sun goes down. If you supplement lighting at night, it could result in sudden darkness when the light goes out, which can cause chickens to panic, pile up in a corner, and suffocate each other, according to researchers. Make sure to add light to their day earlier than later to keep their rhythm consistent.

    Date Published: November 2, 2018
    Date Updated: November 9, 2018
    Tags: Chickens, Winter, Eggs
  • Provide Light in the Morning

    Encourage hens to lay through winter by providing supplemental light beginning in late fall when daylight length approaches 12 hours per day. Extension poultry specialists with the University of Nebraska recommend supplemental lighting be added to the morning hours. Timers on lights can help make this routine and easy.

    Date Published: November 2, 2018
    Date Updated: November 9, 2018
    Tags: Chickens, Winter, Eggs

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