We are a home schooling family living on a little 20-acre farmstead. We have a lovely flock of laying chickens (and a naughty rooster). We also have some spoiled "barn cats" and a couple of even more spoiled indoor cats! Our dogs run the perimeter (and the area) keeping us safe from predators and cars on the gravel road. We look forward to planting a garden full of yummy food this spring.
Monday, September 26, 2011
We've noticed in the last couple of days our hens haven't been laying as many eggs; they slowed down to about four per day instead of their usual six. We read that our henny pennys need about 14 hours of daylight and we are only getting twelve. So today we bought a timer for our lighting. Tomorrow the light inside the coop should come on at around 5 a.m. and then at night it will get dark naturally. If you turn out their light abruptly when it's dark outside they might panic and not know how to get back to their roost. We spent about six dollars on our timer, but we know we will earn that money back from the additional eggs they lay.