Laying Hens and How Light Effects Egg Production

If your chickens are laying less frequent, this article many help you understand why.

If you haven’t made any big changes to how you’re caring for them, there’s a good chance it’s caused by the short day lengths. Chickens need 14-16 hours of light each day to lay their best… Continue Reading


More on Composting with Chickens

Silver Laced Polish hen

Whether you have a large or small chicken yard, just a couple chickens or hundreds, you can still have chickens help you with your compost.

The best way is to just throw all your compostable materials right into the chicken yard. It will better utilize their manure by incorporating it with the other materials, instead of causing mud, rain runoff and compacted dirt & manure… Read Article

Further reading about composting –> HERE


Egg Chart, Identifying Various Problems

Buff Orphington

Here’s a handy chart from the Poultry Site that identifies the egg problems you might be seeing among your laying hens.

A Reader Makes my Day

I couldn’t be happier to hear that my post Keeping Chickens Cool was able to pass along helpful life saving advice to fellow chicken keeper. I received this wonderful news today & wanted to share!   – amy elizabeth

Raggedy Ma’am’s Story…


TBN Ranch,

Just wanted to drop you a line to tell you that your post Keeping the Chickens Cool, Here’s How, probably saved my hen’s life yesterday.  She is my only chicken right now.  Her name is Raggedy Ma’am and I rescued her on Feb 4 and 2 weeks ago she went broody and I got 4 fertile eggs for her and she is happily zoned out on her little nest but only gets up once or twice every 24 hours and here in Las Vegas it has been brutally hot.  My microclimate is 4 – 6 degrees hotter than the stated temperature for Las Vegas and I have been looking for ways to cool her other than bringing her into the house or trying to change her location while she is setting.  By the way, she picked as her nesting place a corner of the pen which is also where she lays her eggs.

Based on your ideas, here is what I did specifically:  placed frozen water jugs inside a plastic tote and placed the tote near her; placed shallow pans of water all around her enclosure and in front of a box fan that is turned to low and aimed at her.

In addition, she has solid overhead & back shade; shade cloth on the sides and partial back of her nesting area; Reflectix sheeting to block & reflect  the direct sun that enters the pen; wet dirt to sit on or dig in.

Yesterday, our back porch thermometer in the shade read 112 degrees.  However, my chicken did not even pant yesterday!
Here are 2 photos of her:  one the day of the rescue (note no tail feathers) and a current photo.
Thanks for your ideas — I think the frozen jugs in the tote and the fan blowing across the water helped tremendously.

Las Vegas, NV