Originally Posted by Celeste
My chickens LOVE dog food. When my husband feeds the dog in the evening, they run to him hoping for a handout. He tosses it out dry. The pellets aren't very big.
If artificial lights will increase their production now but decrease it over their lifetime, I might just not bother with it. We get enough eggs to meet our needs for the most part; just not enough to meet the needs of all our friends that love free eggs and never offer to buy chicken feed.
I don't blame you then. Chicken feed and grain prices are going uuuupppp!!!
I keep mine laying at full throttle, b/c I sell eggs. And I have to keep up with the demand, or I lose customers. I replace my hens every yr and half. I could go longer but 2 yrs is about the maximum. They really start to cut back. With the price of feed I need everyone at maximum output.
Even w/o lights on you will still get a few eggs so you should be ok. Or keep a few first yr pullets on hand. They will lay pretty good the first season even without artificial lighting.