How To Keep Hens Laying Eggs Through The Winter

How To Keep Hens Laying Eggs Through The Winter Blog Cover

When Fall arrives, molting is not far behind. In fact, broody hens have probably already molted. Those that have finished molting are now sporting bright, tight new feathers, red combs and wattles, but… no eggs. The amount of eggs that chickens lay is hugely affected by the season and the amount of daylight hours. In today’s article we are going to look in depth at why hens don’t lay year round and what you can do to change that. When Do Hens Stop Laying Eggs For Winter? Chickens’ egg laying cycles are heavily impacted by the amount of daylight and time of year. Once the amount of daylight starts to reduce, it signals the chicken that it’s time to molt, shedding old feathers for new, a time for repair and restoration. When the days start to get shorter, special signals are sent to the brain by the eyes and the… [Read More]

Happy New Year. Happy New Chicks?

Happy New Year. Happy New Chicks Blog Cover

It’s 2017; Happy New Year! If you are a gardener, you have been poring over seed catalogs, feverishly planning the layout of your garden. If you are a chicken addict you have been studying the catalogs trying to decide which breed you want to add to your flock this year. Perhaps a certain breed didn’t work out for you last year or you simply need new chickens! If you are new to chickens and have been reading the poultry catalogs- you are maybe a bit confused by the array of chickens. Who knew there were so many to choose from! How do you pick which are going to be the best fit for you? This article will help you focus on what you need to know before buying some of those cute, fluffy little peeps. Basic Chicken Questions to Ask Yourself The first and most important question is: Are you… [Read More]

How To Do A Chicken Health Check (Checklist Included)

How To Do A Chicken Health Check Blog Cover

Performing regular health checks for your birds can prevent minor problems from becoming major headaches. You probably already take mental notes of what’s going on with your flock on a daily basis. This article is to give you a few pointers on what you are looking for and how to deal with some of the minor problems as they occur. If you have a small flock, say less than ten birds or so, you may not need to keep a written record for yourself. I encourage you to write things down though. We are not always good at remembering dates and odd occurrences. Your notes can be as detailed as you like- if you are breeding birds details are important to note. Let’s get to work! Health Chart Checklist This can be simple or more detailed, the choice is yours. You can see mine in the photo below. It is… [Read More]

Should I Light The Coop Over Winter?

Should I Light The Coop Over Winter Blog Cover

This question, along with heating the coop is persistent. Each winter I always receive emails about this. So this year I’ve put down some thoughts, reasons for and against lighting and related tidbits. The discussion between the yeas and the nays on this subject can get quite heated at times, so remember, the choice is your decision to make. There is no doubt that hens are capable of laying year round, but the question is should they? Here are the fors and againsts for adding light to your coop during winter. Also, please don’t forget to check out our Winter Guide. It has more useful tips and help for the winter months. Why Do Chickens Need Light Through The Winter Months? The first question is why do chickens need light through the winter months? They don’t, but if you want eggs they need around fourteen hours of daylight in order… [Read More]

How Cold Is Too Cold For My Chickens?

How Cold Is Too Cold For My Chickens Blog Cover

Here in the North Eastern States, we will be seeing the snow flying soon. By all accounts this year is going to be bad, so we need to prepare ourselves and our flocks for the long months ahead. Many beginner chicken keepers are amazed at just how hardy and tough chickens are. But still, a common concern is how cold is too cold for my chickens? Do they need a heat lamp to keep them warm? In this article we look at, what to do, and what not to do, for chicken winter preparation. Make sure to read on to learn how to take care of your hens during the coldest months of the year. How Cold Is Too Cold For Chickens? Chickens can deal very well with temperatures that send us scurrying for the fire. Their plumage has a couple of different layers which trap air near to the… [Read More]