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  • Artificial Light For Better Egg Production!

    Chickens stopped laying? It maybe time to turn on the lights for the Chickens. It is a well known fact that as the daylight hours get shorter in the fall and winter months adding artificial lighting can keep your chickens laying. As the days get shorter you will notice a considerable drop in your egg production from your flock of chickens. As an example you will notice that your hens that are only kept under natural daylight hours will lay the majority of their eggs during the spring and summer months. Most pure breeds will stop laying during the winter months.

    If you raise the hybrid or sex link strains of chicken you may notice that your chickens will continue to lay fairly well but at a lower rate.

    Adding artificial light in the hen house for your chickens is nothing more than tricking their bodies into laying on a ore continuous basis as they have been doing throughout the spring and summer months. Your hens have a gland inside their eye called a pituitary gland. By stimulating the pituitary gland with light there will be a hormone produced that will be carried via the bloodstream to the ovary of the chicken, which sets egg production in motion.

    It is therefore possible to give some artificial light to laying birds to ‘trick’ their bodies into continuing to lay into the darker months.

    Adding Artificial Light for your Laying hens

    A good sufficient amount of daylight for your hens to continue laying at a fair rate is right around 15 hours.

    I like to use a timer myself when adding light in the hen house for my laying hens. I will make sure the light comes on at an early morning time that is giving the laying hens 15 hours of daylight before dark of night sets back in. I have the timer turn the light on just before daylight instead of leaving it on all night or right before they go to bed. I want the day to be as normal as possible for the chickens so adding the light in the mornings instead of at night before they are ready to roost, ensures that my chickens aren’t suddenly caught out in the dark when the timer switches the light off. this leaves the chickens out in the dark not having gone through the natural roosting process. I really feel the natural roosting process allowing the hens to get a good natural rest is key and very important to this whole process.

    Something you really need to remember is; If you add the light after the daylight hours were already shortened and you get your hens are laying well once again, the light hours. Make sure you keep the lighting added to their mornings to keep their daylight hours constant to prevent your chickens from going into moult, or a decrease in production once again.

    Amount Of Light To Use In The Hen House!

    You do not need to use a bright bulb inside the chicken coop for illumination. If you open the door at night when the light is on and can just clearly see the hens feed when standing over the feeder, you should be good to go. I usually just use a soft white or soft yellow 25 to 60 watt bulb. I find this is sufficient for good continuous laying of eggs.



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