We've had the girls for three years now, adding a few new ones each year. This is the first winter I did not heat or light the coops, Our winters can be very cold sometimes way below 0. They made out just fine but after molting egg production never picked back up. I wasn't really sure if it was because they had shorter days or because some of them were just getting to old?
My husband felt they belonged in the freezer!!!
Being strong headed like I am I stood my ground and continued to spend money on feed for hens that were not doing there job. On a good day we might get two eggs. Last week we had very warm weather and the time change. The girls must enjoy the daylight and warmth because they are doing there job now. 16 eggs today!!! Guess It's time to start selling eggs again to pay for feed looks like the girls aren't headed for the freezer just yet.