I do love the cooler weather, the chance of snow, and the holidays associated with wintertime, but it does put a bit of a damper on some of my food sources. I have a difficult time finding many fresh fruits and veggies at this time of year. Also, my little chickens depend on the amount of light during the day for egg production, which means my number of eggs tends to be a bit lower as well. If you are in a similar situation and need some guidance on what you might be able to do for your hens or ducks, here is are some excellent sites you might want to check out.
Ideas on how to Increase Egg Production – Backyard Chickens
You’ll be able to use this link to find out just how many number of hours a chicken needs to lay a single egg. The author then goes into how not only light affects your chickens’ egg laying abilities, but also their diet. There’s also some great tips for keeping the waterers from freezing up during the colder months as well.
Winter Egg Production – Mother Earth News
If you have the lighting situation down and are looking more into your chickens’ winter diet, then this is a great article to read. It will be especially helpful to those who are looking for a way to provide their egg-providers with a tasty supplement that is very inexpensive.
Supplemental Light in the Coop – The Chicken Chick
The lady who wrote this particular article briefly discusses how light encourages egg production, as well as how and when to add supplemental lighting to your coop. I think the best part of this article is the letter she includes from The Chicken Vet. He goes into great detail about how chickens sense day length and answers a couple of questions posed by the author of the main article. It’s extremely interesting!
Extending Laying Season for Ducks – Metzer Farms
There are quite a few factors involved with maximizing egg production in your ducks. Not being one to have a lot of experience with a large number of ducks, I didn’t know too many males would hinder egg production. This article goes over 6 main points that affect ducks, when it comes to egg laying. While some of them are basic common sense, they are all very helpful.
Using Lights to Increase Duck Eggs – Metzer Farms
While we’re still talking about ducks, here’s yet another article on egg production. It, however, focuses on the aspect of adequate lighting during the year. There is great input on the amount of light, intensity of it, and some helpful links. Besides that, there are sample charts shown to demonstrate the length of natural light at certain altitudes so you can judge when to turn your artificial lighting off and on. Very useful!
Case Against Supplemental Lighting – Fresh Eggs Daily
As with most things in the world, there are two sides to arguments. This holds true with supplemental light being used to increase egg production during the winter. The author of this article focuses on the hazards of adding fake light to your flock’s area. It is very insightful and poses a lot of excellent points to consider when making the decision of forcing more eggs from your hens during the winter time.
The Choice is Yours
To add or not to add supplemental lighting is ultimately your decision. These articles are just here to give you some pointers, a bit of info on different methods of how to increase the number of eggs your flock produces. They are fun to read and I learned a bit more about chickens from quite a few of them!
What methods do you use to extend the laying season?