I have a light on all night long (they get about 16hrs of light daily). They sleep with their head under their wings. I watch them sleeping through their windows. We have:
2 Bantam Buff Cochins. (1 is broody and laying on 8 bantam eggs in a tupperware shed (straw).)
2 Bantam Black Cochins. (Both lay at least every other day, but one has mites on her toes)
1 Wyandotte Rooster (Coward) 1 yr
1 Black Giant Rooster (Dominant) 8 mo
3 Barnevelder Roos 5 mo
6 Barnevelder Pullets 5 mo
4 Black Giant hens 8 mo (all lay)
3 Australorp hybrids (both lay) (had 4, but one just spontaneously died last week - very weird, shoulda culled her first, but she was our best bird hands down)
2 EE hybrids 1 lays the other was injured by our Golden Retriever and is recovering (afraid of the floor now and is hand fed daily)
1 Maran EE hybrid, but Maran dominant. She lays too.
16x22 coop with a sloped roof. Windows face south. 10 hens metal nesting container (commercial), and one single plastic nest (commercial).
We have straw and alfalfa and a corner with straight DE in it for dusting. We are in Manton, and they only go out when its over 32 with no wind.
There is no breeze in the coop. They get clean water daily and have huge clean feeders with shucked corn, cracked corn, feather fixer, and organic pellets from TSC.
We get 6 to 8 eggs daily. The best we've had is 13 eggs in one day this winter. They slow down when it gets cold. No heat lamp. They do have comb frostbite though - not good.
This is our first winter in Michigan - brrr.
Next year we'll isolate the rooster when the cold locks them in. It too much stress for the hens. I think they would lay more even though only one rooster is breeding with them. (Missind head feathers)...less stress.
We are also changing our flock out with birds that are large feather footed and with pea combs (small). (Cochins, Brahmas, EE, OE, and Icelandic birds) Can't wait for summer