Winter Egg Production

hen in snow

I. Understanding Why Egg Laying Stops

The winter slack in egg laying is not usually about temperature. Unless it is bitterly cold–for example, below 0˚F–chickens usually do just fine in the cold. The real problem is the changes in their environment that come with the winter.

Chickens need at least 14 hours of daylight for their endocrine systems to secrete egg-laying hormones. If they are not getting this much light, the hormones are not released and egg-laying may drop as a result.

While chickens may do just fine in the cold, the wind is another story. If it is windy, it doesn’t matter the temperature: your hens are going to be stressed out. Especially if there isn’t a place where they can get away from the wind. Continue reading “Winter Egg Production”