Encouraging Winter Egg Production
Winter can be discouraging as you see your flock's egg production start to drop but there are a few things you can do to
encourage your chickens to lay more eggs during the winter months:
- Make sure they have access to plenty of food and clean
water. Chickens need a balanced diet to produce eggs, so be sure to
provide a high-quality chicken feed and supplement with fresh fruits and
vegetables if possible.
- Provide a consistent light source. Chickens need at
least 14 hours of light per day to lay eggs. In the winter, you may need
to provide additional light using a lamp or lightbulb in the chicken coop. If you do decide to use a light with a
timer, allow the chickens to naturally come in to roost by the natural
setting of the sun so their natural sleep pattern is not disrupted but
have the light come on early in the morning to simulate the natural
day/night cycle while extending the daylight hours.
- Chickens are more likely to lay eggs when they are
comfortable, so try to keep the coop at a consistent temperature between
45-65 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure their coop is well-insulated and
draft-free, and provide a heat source if necessary.
- Consider providing additional protein. Chickens need
protein to produce eggs, and they may not be getting enough from their
regular feed during the winter. Try supplementing with mealworms or other
- Consider adding a vitamin supplement: Vitamin
supplements, especially ones high in calcium, can help encourage egg
production. You can add a calcium supplement to your chickens' feed or
provide them with crushed oyster shells to peck at.
- Keep the coop clean. A dirty coop can stress out your
chickens and reduce egg production. Be sure to clean the coop regularly
and remove any wet or soiled bedding.
- Consider using a light therapy lamp: Some chicken
owners have had success using light therapy lamps to help stimulate egg
production during the winter months.
- Be patient: Chickens may lay eggs less frequently in
the winter, even with the best care. Be patient and try to make their
environment as comfortable as possible to encourage egg production.
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