We are closing up our laying hens today and tomorrow to get them all to lay in the hen house. Do we go in tonight and collect the eggs from today or wait the whole2 days to go in?
Even thru winter with birds over 1 1/2 years old?I'm not so sure I buy into the need for supplemental lighting. I have 150 laying hens at any given time, no light, and I continue to see good egg production out of them. 80+% laying at any time.
Adding the 14-16 hours of light is best done slowly over time and can take weeks to have an effect, it is not instant especially this late in season.We have 35 layers. Feed free range(usually), spent brewers grain, and scraps. We have 16 nest boxes in there. The last few days we have had them in there I did put a light in there. We have just been assuming that they were laying in the timber or somewhere on the property with only getting 14-16 eggs a day. So we expected to walk out there and find eggs everywhere after we closed them up for 2 days.... Not so much!
In the dead of winter, our % drops to 50-70 or so, but thats w/ no light. I'm not set up to run electric hundreds (or thousands) of feet to the coops. Birds are always on pasture, and it varies which one they are in. Again, I don't really see why supplemental lighting is an issue.. Trailers are oriented East/West so they get maximum lighting.Even thru winter with birds over 1 1/2 years old?
Adding the 14-16 hours of light is best done slowly over time and can take weeks to have an effect, it is not instant especially this late in season.
Our chickens eat all our kitchen scraps, whole wheat, day old bread. In the winter I add in whole corn also. All of that is MUCH cheaper than layer pellets.Curious, Mrs Whodunit--- what do you use for feed? Especially in winter?
I go a bit inbetween running out of layer pellets, but they are free range and get scraps, a bit of corn or oats, left over parrot seed (what she doesn't eat).....
In winter, gotta give something; no green stuff on the ground, only the 'white stuff'..