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Winter Egg Production

One of the most common, practical reasons we keep chickens is because we like the eggs they make. We basically have a deal with our hens: If we raise them well, they’ll make nutritious, healthy eggs for us. In order for them to make those “farmfresh” eggs, though, hens require a few things:

• GOOD NUTRITION Layer diets contain optimal protein, energy and proper amounts of calcium and phosphorus among other nutrients.

• GOOD WELFARE Stressed birds don’t produce eggs.

• ADEQUATE LIGHT Hens need approximately 12 to 16 hours of light everyday while “in lay.”

Lighting can be somewhat of a tricky subject because the amount of natural light you get depends on where you live relative to the equator of the earth. For example, if you live at the North or South Pole, you literally have a 6-month night and a 6-month day, depending on the time of year.

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