I blame poor egg production on "Global Warming". Hey, everything gets blamed on that. Oh......you say you have three feet of snow, and minus temps every day, unseasonably cold weather for your region.... hmmm....., ok lets change the name from Global Warming, and call it "Climate Change". This would probably a better name, to convince those still digging out their driveways, who may feel global warming is a farce. (Think "Population Bomb" from a few years back) Now if we could get together and form a study on how climate change affects chicken egg laying, we could get a government grant, or form a non-taxable group, and collect donations. How about "Chickens Against Climate Change", or CACC, or Chicken Laying & Understanding Climate Change, or "CLUCC". The study would mean we could buy chickens, feed, bedding, coop and run materials, medicines, vet services, etc., all on donations, or grant money, tax free. Of course we would have to pay ourselves a salary as well, because we would devote ourselves full time to fundraising and the study, and haven't time to work regular jobs. I think we should jump on the bandwagon now, before the next "crisis" comes along, such as "Save The Stars" or some such thing... PS- No offence intended to those members who are seriously involved in environmental groups. I'm just a bit frustrated on the endless dinner time phone calls, looking for donations. That and bylaws being passed, that prevent me from cutting a tree on my own property, or heating my home with a wood stove, etc., due to pressure from some groups.