We are new to raising chickens. We started with 26 - day old chicks this past December and are now down to 21. They started laying eggs in April and at one time earlier this year we were getting about 1 to 1.5 dozen eggs per day. They have not completely stoped laying but are now down to between 4 and 8 per day average. We have researched this and found the decrease in daylight hours the main reason for the decline. Should we expect them to cease laying completely for a while or just slow down as they have? My third grade daughter has elected to use the correlation of decreasing daylight hours and egg production in our flock as her science fair project. Has anyone out there done a similar project and can provide us with any help. Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated. She is already charting the sunrise/sunset times and number of eggs per day.