Discussion in 'Back to Basics' started by scrapman21009, Dec 17, 2012.
Got two hens today, about a year old, four more on the way
+ 1,It is said that a dozen chicken's and a rooster will feed a man for a life time...Nice man !!!
Make sure they get 12-14 hours of light or they will go on hiatus until there is enough daylight
Thanks for the tip, first time with chickens. If they work out I see a goat in my future
Absolutely, this time of year, if I don't put a light in my chicken pen, the girls go on strike.
In my limited experience, they will also go on strike when molting. Don't worry though, they'll go back to work again after a couple months or so.
Amen. I haven't had the light on and the 6 hens are down to 1 egg a day.
We let them slow down naturally. Am thinking they will live longer and produce better when laying--am I incorrect in my "thunkin"?
I don't know, but the hens do look healthier (more weight, better quality feathers) since the days got shorter, so I'd bet you're right.
I keep a light on to make at least 12 hours light a day and have for four years. As far as I can tell it has not affected the health or laying.
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