So we have been raising chickens for 7 months now. (Robin can’t stand that I talk about it or that it defines our family in any way.) We’ve learned a lot about chickens.
For instance did you know that hens have to have 14 hours of light to remain fertile? Well they do, so to keep our hens laying we used a light that kept the coop lit up for the missing hours of daylight needed. Our hens began laying at the end of November and were laying about a dozen eggs a day until a few weeks ago when the light went out. I’m not sure if we just didn’t believe it or wanted to try the above rule but we didn’t get another light. After about 10 days the egg production began to slow down a little more everyday until the hens weren’t laying at all. We put another light in about 2 weeks ago and they are back up to their previous production levels.
Obviously chicks wouldn’t survive in the winter and so Mother Nature has given the hens this natural reprieve. There is something so beautiful about that. Part of me doesn’t like that She is so easily sidestepped. I guess if we lived on the equator I wouldn’t even be thinking about this at all.
This is our rooster. He is very protective, which is why we keep him around.