December came, the days got shorter and my hens all stopped laying! It happened overnight and I was horrified that I would have to buy STORE BOUGHT eggs. Luckily my superstars — Cybil and Rosie — continued to lay. But I was lucky to get one egg a day which would not do! I eat two myself for breakfast almost every day. I decided I had to do something. I did 2 very simple things and it’s February 4th and I collected 6 eggs today!
#1, I provided them a bit of supplemental light in the morning. I hung a Christmas light tube in their coop with a timer. It comes on at 5am and goes off at 7am. It’s just enough to get them up and going at the normal time they would get up in the summer.
#2, I increased their protein by giving them oatmeal mixed with Omega Fields, Omega Ultra Egg every morning. Omega Egg has 18% protein where their layer feed only has 16% protein. It’s not much but I believe this has been helpful in getting them laying again.