I have 4 hens. (1) Buff Orpington who is about 2.5 years old, (1) Silver Laced Wyandotte also 2.5 years old, (1) Golden Wyandotte that will be 2 in May and (1) Brown Leghorn who also will be 2 in May. All of the girls have been laying fine - all summer long I had more eggs than I could handle. Come fall and winter (I am in CA so it's not that cold at all) three of my girls stopped producing. They were losing and getting new feather so I get the halt - initially - but now it's been 3 months and the only hen laying is the Leghorn. Any ideas of the laying time before Henopause? I think I pretty much got 9 months out of the Wyandotte and about a year and a half from my Buff. As my son says, "Mom! We can't live on one egg a day!" Everyone is happy, healthy and they all look great, nice looking and very active but just not laying. I want to get a few more so that we can have eggs again. But I don't know if they are on a break or if they might start laying again. These girls are also pets so eating them for meat is not really an option. I really don't think I could bring myself to do it. If they were bred for meat then we wouldn't have named them and loved them and made them a part of the family. So, I am kind of stuck. Any help, advice, experience etc is GREATLY appreciated.