|February sunrise, start of the hen's working day|
The number of eggs laid will increase between now and the end of March then gradually decline after midsummer. I could over ride this natural system by putting lighting in the hen house to ensure a 14 hour working day in winter. This would give us a winter supply of eggs, its what happens in commercial poultry keeping but I want most eggs in Spring for sale as hatching eggs and in Summer to sell at the farm gate to visitors.
|A dark comfortable nest in the hay|
It isn't enough to keep animals free of harm, hunger, pain and thirst; they need a high quality environment where they can express their natural behaviours.