Summer Egg Production…kind of sounds like a play, doesn’t it? Maybe I should say Summer Egg Production (or lack there of). Or, how ’bout Summer Egg Production (yes, no, maybe).
Remember back when it was Spring time? The grass and trees were turning green. The flowers were budding, some even flowering into their full beauty. The sun was warming the soil. Garden beds were being turned in preparation of new growth. The chickens were becoming consistent egg layers once again. It was as if everything was waking up from a long winter’s nap.
Fast forward to the heat of summer…we’ve been in the 90’s a lot here in my neck of the woods of Ohio. I’m talking muggy, sticky, hot! For humans, extremely hot weather affects people in different ways – some love it, some have trouble breathing in it. It affects animals also, chickens included.
In my last post, I talked about some things we do for our ladies to help keep them cool in the heat of summer. And although all of that is important, fact is extreme heat also affects egg production. For chickens to remain fairly consistent in their egg laying routine, they prefer temperatures between 50 – 75 degrees Fahrenheit. When it’s hotter than 75 degrees F they use a lot of their energy to stay cool. That extra energy they use to stay cool takes away from the energy used to produce eggs. It’s hard work being a chicken!
So, I guess this is one of those situations where I say “It is what it is”. 😉 As we dwindle down in temperature, the ladies will lay more consistently…that is until fall molting occurs. ‘Tis the life of chickens…and chicken keepers.
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