How To Trick Your Chickens Into Laying More Winter Eggs

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We have been raising chickens for their eggs on our homestead almost from the first day we got here six years ago. Chickens are a great starter as far as livestock goes and let’s face it, who doesn’t love farm fresh eggs? Chickens are relatively simple to keep, hardy and during certain times of the year produce a lot of eggs. But what about those other times during the year?

It is a common misconception that egg production by necessity is slowed down or even halted in the winter months. Most folks think that this is due to temperatures and scarcity of forage, among other things. While these do contribute to the standard winter slowdown in egg laying, they are not the primary cause. The big culprit here is the shortage of daylight. From a biological standpoint this makes a great deal of sense.

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