Eggs in Winter


Farm fresh eggs.

Absolutely nothing better.

Our young Buckeye hens have been supplying us with rich, delicious eggs since mid-August.

We have 8 hens and receive roughly 2 dozen eggs a week. Just enough for our family.

I was worried that production would come to a halt when cold weather came upon us. Not the case. Not yet anyway.

The plans were to add an artificial light source when the longer days of winter came.

There is a light in the chicken house. Yet we only use it for our benefit to check for eggs in nest boxes.

I have read in a variety of places to equip the chicken house with light during the darker days of winter to keep fresh eggs on the table.

Preferring to live as naturally as possible, I chose against the added light.

Perhaps the “girls” need the break. Perhaps they need to use the energy for other things.

Recently, I came across an article that stated chickens prefer warm water in the cold months. It helps with egg production.

Hmm… evidently placing the metal waterer on the electric warmer purchased from Tractor Supply was more beneficial than just preventing the water from freezing.

This morning as I was reading through emails, I came across a post on a Homeschool Country group I belong to.

Several members have posted their concerns regarding their hens’ egg production- or lack thereof.

One person replied that it was not heat nor light the hens needed to continue laying, but rather water consumption.

They drink less in the cold months. It was suggested to supplement their diet with cayenne to encourage them to drink.

No cayenne for our Buckeyes.

The warm water seems to be working.

Let’s not fix what is not broken.

UPDATE: Just two months later as our hens reach their first birthday, we are now receiving 30-35 eggs per week!

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