Chickens – Light Needed for Laying Eggs

Q: What makes chickens slow down their egg production? We have six hens and have started getting only five eggs per day.

A: You’re getting the right number of eggs for autumn but production will decline in winter. Much depends on the amount of light the chickens get. Hens are stimulated to lay when the day length is 14 – 16 hours. July sunshine is sufficient but in December we only receive 10 hours of sun each day. Determine the current day length and use a lamp and timer to provide the lighting needed. It doesn’t take much light to trigger laying. A 25 watt bulb in their coop is usually enough

Lighting for Egg Production


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