I've got 31 chickens (8 young pullets, a roo, and 22 laying hens). They had been laying upwards of 18 eggs a day for a while, but in the last month it has dropped precipitously. It started when I ran out of feed for a few days in the first half of July, which coincided with adding the 8 pullets to the flock, and has continued since then. In the emergency, I fed them whole wheat grains and sunflower seeds. They've been back on feed for a while now. I've done everything i can think of to jump-start laying, including feeding cayenne pepper, extra salt, chili powder, raw milk from my cow, extra high protein rations, electrolytes in the water, extra calcium, and isolating suspected egg eaters. Yesterday, I got 4 eggs. It's the most I've gotten in a day for the last week. I'm beginning to suspect that the stress of low feed and pecking order caused a hiccup in production. It should have been ironed out by now (5 weeks later), but it has also gotten a LOT hotter recently. I didn't piece that together until yesterday. It was a cool-ish first half of the summer, where temps barely cracked 90. However, it's risen steadily lately, and we had a day with a heat index of 112 this weekend. So, can very high heat cause a halt in laying? If so, what can I do? Do I just need to wait it out? Today, I'm setting up a kiddie pool once it starts warming up, and will put some big blocks of ice in their waterer. They have shade provided by the moavble coop, which is also very well ventilated (hardware cloth floor and opening on the top). Anything else? Thanks in advance!