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PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2019 4:07 pm 
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Dapper Duck
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I have 4 Ancona hens that have been laying well up until recently. We have had very thick smoke around for the last few weeks. I’m wondering if because of the smoke the days seem shorter to them and they think it is time for another rest from laying.
Any thoughts?


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2019 9:02 pm 
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Mine are still laying and we've got lots of smoke too. A family member nearby says theirs are not laying. Maybe it depends how sensitive they are?


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2019 5:52 pm 
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I'm more worried about them developing respiratory damage/infection than a few eggs give or take. But yes, laying is controlled by hours of daylight increase/decrease, so could have an effect.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2019 8:44 pm 
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I wasn’t suggesting that the hens going off the lay was more important than their health, I was just making an observation as to whether the smoke haze was confusing them into thinking the days were shorter, therefore affecting their lay.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2019 6:45 am 
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I doubt the fowls are fooled the days are shorter because of smoke, here some days lately is is as thick as a pea soup fog with visability reduced to less than 100 mtrs.
To all of nature, domestic fowls included, smoke means fire, fire means threat which triggers a flight mechanism for safety.
It's more likely the stress of smoke and threat of fire has caused a temporary decline in production to more flighty or sensitive individuals.

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