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a', Houston, TX
Posted: 11/5/2013 6:43:33 AM
Agreed, if these are the same chickens for the past three years their egg laying cycles are ending. They are not going to lay as many eggs and with colder weather that can also play a big part of it. I am not sure if your intentions are for these chickens to be pets, however we rotate our hens out each year, so we start with 4 one year, keep them through the first year or two and then butcher them for eating and then ad new ones each year. We usually have a nice flock of 9-12 throughout the year. We also insulate our coop and have windows for light in the coop, and we keep a heat lamp lit all day through the cold months which helps keep them laying. Good luck!
Tina, Rifle, CO
Posted: 12/19/2011 12:41:25 PM
yes, daylight hours play a big part of their laying. Also, you said you've had these same chickens for 3 years? They are getting old. Their best egg laying years are behind them. They will still live a long time if they stay healthy and safe, but their egg production will continue to decrease. My 3 young chickens are laying consistenly straight through the winter, but this is their first laying year.
Tamlynn, Torrance, CA
Posted: 12/19/2011 12:13:30 PM
It's likely the light, not the temperature. We are nearing the shortest day of the year and chickens are descended from tropical jungle fowl where the days don't ever shorten below 12 hours. The lack of light often triggers a winter time rest from laying, particularly for older hens. Try putting a light bulb in their coop from 4 pm til dawn. If it's any consolation, my hens have stopped laying too and last winter (they had just started laying last Sept.) they laid eggs all winter.
Kelly, Boulder, CO
Posted: 12/19/2011 12:01:33 PM

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