Oviposition is increasing in the spring. It is here that special care must be given to the hens also because, in this period, all the animals are reproducing. Anyone who has a campaign available should not miss the possibility of raise laying hens, in shelters or to the ground. Let's see some tips.
How to raise laying hens, temperatures
With the summer heat, the hens increase their breathing rate in order to regulate their body temperature. During this time the hens will be less productive and lay less eggs. For this reason it is recommended to keep them in a cool area. In closed environments it is sufficient to limit the insolation of the shelter, for example, insulating materials could be used for the roof and walls.
The cheapest material to use is polystyrene, make sure that the polystyrene plates are proof against pecked, for this you can help yourself with wooden boards that will cover the polystyrene at height hen. If the roof of your structure is poorly insulated, it is possible to create a thatched attic to mitigate excessive heat. Do not be scared, making an attic is very simple, you just need to buy a tight mesh net that you will attach to the ceiling, on the net you have to distribute 15-20 cm of straw.
How to raise laying hens on the ground
Another valid strategy to keep the laying hens al fresco is to increase the surface in the shade. To do this, you can use tents, climbing plants such as ornamental pumpkins, vines, passion flowers or a very fragrant wisteria; to grow the plants in an appropriate way, place supports. The presence of deciduous shade plants in the grazing area of the laying hens.
In the winter months it is necessary to set up a shelter area to keep the hens away from the cold. In the spring months it is important to gradually accustom the hens to the outside temperature. To do this, you need to let the hens go out for only a few hours during the hottest period of the day and then increase the time they spend outside and free them completely within a week.
How to raise laying hens, the most productive
In the warm months you can make a selection of those that will be there laying hens most productive: the laying hens that in the summer months they will have dropped production and started the moult (to be clear, what will be plucked under the neck!), will be the ones not to keep for next year because they will not lay many eggs.
In general, the laying hens which have the redest crest and wattles and the most yellow legs, are certainly those that will produce fewer eggs. On the contrary, the laying hens more productive they will have more faded crest, wattles and legs.