I got chicks in early summer and they still are not laying. the days are short and cold so I dont expect them to do much till the days start to get longer. so I feed them all winter with no pay back. If from now on I get chicks in the fall I would feed them all winter and in spring as the days get longer and warmer they would be coming to laying age. That makes more sence to me. What do you all do? I moved to the farm in mid june and got chicks july 6 so no one is laying except the 1 chicken that was here on the place. my birds free range so I dont spend much on feed anyway just wondering if it was better to have tem matureing in winter or during the summer.