TIP OF THE MONTH

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Your Poultry -

Lay­ing hens should start pro­duc­ing eggs again this month as the day­light hours get longer. The hor­mones re­quired for lay­ing are stim­u­lated by the ex­tra sun­shine. How­ever, the older your hens get, the longer it takes for these hor­mones to kick in. They’ll start lay­ing later and stop sooner un­til they even­tu­ally stop al­to­gether. This is a com­pletely nat­u­ral part of the hen’s life­cy­cle. Older hens lay­ing less fre­quently also tend to lay larger eggs which can re­sult in a block­age if the egg gets stuck in the oviduct (known as get­ting egg bound).

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