Henhouse Complete, eggs on the way

Discussion in 'Back to Basics' started by scrapman21009, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. scrapman21009

    scrapman21009 Chupacabra Hunter

    Got two hens today, about a year old, four more on the way
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  2. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    + 1,It is said that a dozen chicken's and a rooster will feed a man for a life time...Nice man !!!
  3. fedorthedog

    fedorthedog Monkey+++

    Make sure they get 12-14 hours of light or they will go on hiatus until there is enough daylight
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  4. scrapman21009

    scrapman21009 Chupacabra Hunter

    Thanks for the tip, first time with chickens. If they work out I see a goat in my future
  5. tulianr

    tulianr Don Quixote de la Monkey

    Absolutely, this time of year, if I don't put a light in my chicken pen, the girls go on strike.
  6. JABECmfg

    JABECmfg multi-useless

    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.
  7. Silversnake

    Silversnake Silverback

    Amen. I haven't had the light on and the 6 hens are down to 1 egg a day.
  8. -06

    -06 Monkey+++

    We let them slow down naturally. Am thinking they will live longer and produce better when laying--am I incorrect in my "thunkin"?
  9. Silversnake

    Silversnake Silverback

    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.
  10. fedorthedog

    fedorthedog Monkey+++

    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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