East Texas Ag News: Keeping laying hens productive in winter

East Texas Ag News: Keeping laying hens productive in winter
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EAST TEXAS (KLTV/KTRE) - Keeping laying hens productive through the winter months means keeping them well fed, well-watered, healthy, and comfortable.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Angelina County reminds us that any stress on the birds could force the decline or end of egg laying.

Another important factor in the hens well being is light. Provide 14 to 16 hours of light per day for your laying hens.

A 60 watt incandescent light or 13 watt compact fluorescent hung at 7 feet high with a white downward reflector will provide adequate light for a 200-square-foot pen.

You can even place lights on a timer for convenience and consistency.

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