In order to maintain the health of your egg-layer flock and get abundant eggs, there are 3 essential non-negotiables that will keep them energetic and laying:
- Light - Light is essential because it stimulates hormone production that is necessary for both egg-laying and also increases fertility in males, should you desire to breed your birds and hatch out some chicks. In the fall, as light is slowly decreasing, add a light to your coop that turns on in the early morning so birds have at least 14 hours of light. Adding light in the early morning rather than extending light at night is preferred so the chickens naturally head back to the coop to roost in the evening as the sun starts to set.
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