Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Connecticut, United States
Posted Sep 25, 2015
My grandparents used to have these Hisex brown chickens (Leghorn cross-breed) for several years in a row until my granddad died and my granny moved in with us. These chickens are absolutely great for egg-laying. As long as we had a small farm-house, they were kept in a shed on straw beddings and there they slept at nights and laid eggs. We also arranged a certain area close to the shed that was surrounded with a sort of fence so that they were able to have a walk – they do love grass and by the end of the summer they managed to get rid of every single piece of grass they could lay their beaks upon)))
What I learned about breeding such hens is that their promised 85% egg production capacity won’t correspond to reality unless you stick to the correct light schedule. As we kept a small amount of them for personal use and not for mass egg production purposes (but still throughout a year) - we at first overlooked the need to add more light at the shed they lived in when autumn came and days got shorter and nights longer. As a result, instead of about 15-17 eggs a day (we had 20 chickens and 1 rooster) we actually got 8 to 10. Which was a surprise and at first we thought that they got ill.
In fact, chicken like ours live in accordance with nature – they wake up at sunrise and go to sleep as dawn comes; and if you live in a place where winter means less light, you would need to provide your chicken shed with some artificial light and add its amount gradually starting from, say, 7pm, then from 6 pm, and even earlier in December.
In all other ways they were absolutely all right and did not require much of special care.