Thursday, January 6, 2011

Ms. Lizzy Predicts - Brisk Winds, Big Snows for Michigan in January 2011

 oooOOOOoooo!  Ms. Lizzy has been MIA for a bit over the Christmas and start of the brand New Year.  But today, she is back with a prediction of blowing snow and cold for January in her grand state of Michigan!  ooooOOOOooooo!  WhooooOOOOooo could have guessed it!  Ms. Lizzy is so very pleased to say her predictions are coming true, and she is so sorry she could not get on line to post about it sooner!
Many poultry handbooks advise folks to start putting lights on for better winter egg production, and they say to add 4 hours of artificial light to the start of the day, to be sure the hens come in to roost at dark.  With those remarks, they seem to insist that hens are "dim wits", who would stay outside until LIGHTS OUT, before coming inside for the evening.  Wrong-O, Buttercup!  This flock gets extra daylight added at the END of the day, and after evening snack time, all girls tippy-toe up the ramp and rest on roosts until the extra 4 hrs of light shuts down on the timer.  There are no DUMB CLUCKS in OUR hen house!!!  We're smarter than we're given credit for!!!

Happy New Year -
Signed:  Ms. Lizzy

7 comments:

Anne's Original Hooked Rugs said...

Our hens are not "dummies".:) I just had to advertise eggs for sale. We have nine hens and they produce 8/9 eggs per day....

kim said...

The girls here dont like the cold either they get in the house at 4:00 PM every day now. They were getting in at 5:30 PM. Thanks for the eggsellent advice on the lights and keep warm!

Angela said...

I'm sure that the light provides some extra heat to help with the cold Winter nights too! I don't think I've ever noticed that my neighbor does this for her hens. Makes me wonder why she doesn't.

Stay warm!
Angela

Verde Farm said...

My chickens all come in before it is dark--they have internal clocks too I think. What chickens would ever miss their evening snack. I think you all have it real good Miss Lizzy ;)

^..^Corgidogmama said...

That's a good idea to give the girls extra daylight and heat too.
Wonder how cold their feet get? No fur at all down there.
Yep, definately agree that there will be snow in MI! We had flurries all day today. Now, we're pretty again here.

Chatty Crone said...

Okay I'm cold here in GA and I won't lay any eggs either! lol sandie

Cherrie said...

Stay warm!