We live in Austin, Tx and summers here get pretty brutal. We have had buff orpingtons and it seems like they would just quit laying once it got hotter out. I would love to keep orpingtons again but also would love to have fresh eggs throughout the hotter months. Is there something that I must have been doing wrong for them to quit laying? Or should I have an alternative breed to go with the orpingtons to lay when it's hot out? We have a fairly large yard and at least half is shaded throughout the majority of the day. We were feeding Coyote Creek Feed - http://coyotecreekfarm.org/mill/ They were free range during the day, cooped at night Always access to fresh water Any insight/input greatly appreciated!!