~ By Daniel Goussac ~
What are the two most important nutrients for achieving a good egg production? It’s not often these days that the two most obvious answers that come to anyone’s mind – Protein and Calcium – are the correct answers, but in this case, they are! The full answer is, as usual, a bit more complex, and we will try and elaborate a bit in the next few paragraphs.
It’s rather obvious – days are getting longer, temperatures are higher, air humidity increases and the Jacarandas are blooming – summer is kicking, or at least nearly is! As expected – laying hens feel it as well. A hot summer can, sometimes, be stressful for them, but there are a few things we can do to keep our laying hens cool in summer to minimise the stress and let the flow of eggs continue with no interruption.
We can all feel it in the air – nights are getting cold, days are getting shorter, rain drops occasionally drop on our heads – Autumn is here to be soon followed by winter.
And laying hens – they feel it too, of course; and they have a unique way of reacting to this change of season, especially to the shortening of daylight hours. See what can be done do to help them get through this autumn blues…