I have got a Welsummer & Americauna (sp?) plus a Golden Sex Link and some mutts. The Golden, God bless her, started laying at 5 months old & has everyday since. The others, never an egg. I thought maybe they shut down before they started because of the shorter days (I am near Portland, Oregon), so a few days ago we started lighting up the coop at 7am and then again in the evening until 10pm. Anybody know how long it may take to see if this approach is working? I have to figure out what is going on. I paid a high price for them (not the mutts) because I bought them at 4 months old ("almost in their laying cycle" - ha). First time chicken owner here. I was out there looking at them to see if they show any signs of being roosters. No crowing, but one of them looks like it might have the beginning of spurs? Would worming them make a difference? Thanks!