Forrest Pritchard

Forrest has been farming professionally since 1996. His book Gaining Ground: A Story Of Farmers Markets, Local Food & Saving The Family Farm is now available from Lyons Press. Click HERE to order.

8 responses to “Why Don’t Chickens Lay Eggs in the Winter?”

  1. Lynsi Pasutti

    Thanks for the post, Forrest! Great info and well written as always! Very informative for better understanding my own 5 chickens! :) See you in a few weeks!

  2. Gerard Worrell

    Forrest, That’s why I keep my hens separate by age groups. four flocks and I replace the oldest in spring and fall.
    Jerry

  3. sheila4467

    Gosh I love the way you write. You crack me up, but still manage to teach me something that I can understand, and actually use. That’s pretty great, when you consider that I’m old, and forget my name sometimes.

    So, unless I’m ready to make my entire back yard into a Perfect Garden of Eden, year round, even in winter, plan on buying eggs at the store, right?

    Got it! Now why didn’t I think of that?

  4. Catherine Franz

    Forrest, I agree with sheila4467, I love the way you write and I’m a writer as well. I sell at the farmers market with your stand. I’m the blond jewelry lady. This is wonderful information. I wondered why you had less eggs during the winter months. Now I know. Thank you for the education. Haven’t purchased the book but will next Sunday at the market.

  5. sheila4467

    Catherine, You will LOVE Forrest’s book, Gaining Ground. It’s fantastic.

    Forrest, I am getting chickens this year, but I will stick to only a few until I know what I’m doing. It’s bits of information like this, that help so much, and I love it when you share what it really takes to care for your animals. At least then I know what I am actually up against.
    Blessings,
    Sheila

  6. woolfarmgal

    I’m mostly a sheep farmer, but I have chickens and ducks for personal use. I sometimes have a few chicks six or seven months from winter and these young hens often will lay in winter when others don’t. But as you indicated, nutrition is key. Have to give the girls lots if food and water. I still have an outside area for the girls during winter, and I think that helps too, especially for light exposure. But they always have a coop to get into for yucky weather and to be locked up in at night. And the ducks? Love love their eggs, especially for baking, but my favorite dish is a crustless savory quiche with Swiss chard, mushrooms and Swiss cheese. Thanks for your blog post, great to give those off the farm a little country insight.

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