Hi there! I have nine coturnix quail in a run/pen with an attached coop in my backyard. I gave them about two months of very slowed down laying then about a month of no laying to have a break, but I wanted to get them laying again through the winter. I added a strand of pretty bright Christmas lights all around the inside of the run (which shines into the coop since it has a pretty open front) about three weeks ago. I saw that quite a few people on the forums use those for winter lighting. I started them at 12 hours, then 13, now they've been at 14 hours of light per day for about a week. I didn't know if it would stress them out to go immediately to 14 so I decided to ramp it up more slowly. They have not laid any eggs yet. Does it take a few weeks for their bodies to adjust? What have you experienced? Is it harder to get them started since they had time off? I've seen that some people say they just just as many eggs through the winter as the summer and I want to know how that's possible! Our temperatures here are not very cold (its only been in the 30s so far) and they have a ton of hay and boxes to shelter in even inside the coop if they really want to snuggle up. The whole things is covered with a tarp to keep wind and rain away if we're having bad weather. We're wondering if it is worth keeping them through winter, or if we should just use them for meat and starting with a new flock in the spring... Thanks for your insight!