Not real sure which forum to put this topic in, but I am hoping this one will work. Okay, so I been able to sell extra eggs at the market so I added on some more chickens. Markets are like May to end of October around here. The one new market I went to was June till end of December last year. This year, I am thinking end of March to start up again till end of December. So being I like to hibernate in the winter, I was thinking of giving the girls some time off next winter from laying. I am selling eggs now, but have to take a lower price in the winter. I have done well the last couple of months and getting enough to pay the grain costs, even with lower prices. So if I wanted to shut down production at least some in the winter...is it just a matter of not giving them layer crumbles ? I would give them light like we do now. And I give a assortment of different grains, so they have a variety in their diet. I was thinking dairy cows get a 2 month break before having a new calf. So why can't chickens take some time off ? I am thinking putting layer in front of them about 3 weeks before market would open back up in the spring. So is this a feasible idea ? Can you think of any pros and cons ? Thanks.