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How to get Hens Laying Now

Hi all have a couple of wyandottes and want to try and get them laying as soon as possible, any ideas or things to do to get them back Laying. Thanks

Dj 3650
Wednesday, February 9th, 2022

Put lights on a timer into the coop. Turn them on at about 5 in the morning, and off at around 8 in the evening. Ideally they need 15 hours of light a day.

FionnG
Wednesday, February 9th, 2022

If you do go for lights. It is better to have them come on somewhere around 1-3am right now and not have them on at all at night unless you use a night light. If you would have the lights on until 8pm you should probably have a little night light come on when the main lights turn off so that the chickens can see enough to get on their roosts without to much trouble. It is not good to put them into sudden and complete darkness.

craigmartin
Wednesday, February 9th, 2022

You would only have the night light on long enough for the chickens to go to bed/roost.

craigmartin
Wednesday, February 9th, 2022

There are actually some reasons that mean having the lights come on so early might not be so good but that is what I do. And it has been working out pretty well so far. In the darkest days of the winter I actually had lights coming on at about 11:45pm I think it was. To get some of my chickens about 16 hours of light.

craigmartin
Wednesday, February 9th, 2022

We prefer to work with nature and let the hens decide when they are ready themselves.

Joseph lawler
Wednesday, February 9th, 2022

See the light idea what happens at 8 o clock when the lights go out do the hens just bump into one another about the shed or what.

paddycrawford
Wednesday, February 9th, 2022

Why are people so eager to get there hens laying . I would rather let hen go through its natural stages over winter and let its body recover and that way then hen survives longer and lays better . Alot of people say that poor battery hen but if they start forcing hens to lay quicker and longer then they are doing the same thing are they not .

rich1
Thursday, February 10th, 2022

Alot of the time people want eggs early to get hatching and rearing ,but any breed should lay in february on basic feed and care.

paddycrawford
Thursday, February 10th, 2022

Feed them well and let them lay on their own terms.When they start it will be soon enough!!

roostercroweburn
Thursday, February 10th, 2022

Agree entirely with rich, paddy and rooster, better not interfering with nature, she knows best.
You can end up with chicks being hatched too early aswell as regards the weather.
Birds have an inbuilt intuition as to when to start laying to give their offspring the optimum chance to thrive and be healthy.
Leave this lighting gimic a kick and let nature work its magic on its own.

nama-man
Saturday, February 12th, 2022

I seen a clutch of chickens this morning on a yard that hatched mid week sometime,semi feral fowl that get no feed except from what they find around the farmyard and theres a good few more hens down aswell around the same place and every thing seems to be laying.

paddycrawford
Monday, February 14th, 2022


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