We have 28 hens who have been giving us 12-14 eggs/day since the daylight decreased and it's quite cold. We tried keeping the coop light on till 10pm without any increase in eggs. My DH is generally not the one who takes care of the chickens but I have been incapacitated for the past 2 weeks following surgery and he has been doing the farm chores etc. Apparently he has been giving the girls scratch twice a day and the eggs have increased to 18-22/day for the past week or so. I've told him that scratch is a treat like candy and they should not have so much but his theory is that they have more energy from the corn content in it and it helps "heat them up" giving them more energy to put into production. What do you think? The lights didn't work, it is colder now than ever and production is up?