I have 2 Ameracauna's that I picked up in early July from a breeder. They were just a over 1 year old at that time. The breeder that I got them from had them on 24 hours of light a day to keep his girls laying. He had them for breeding and egg sales. Of course when I got them, I did not add any extra light - they got just regular old sunlight. These 2 girls are extremely bonded with each other and can't hardly get them more than 3-4 ft. away from each other. They will sit on the roost for half the day without coming down for food/water until almost 11 a.m. each day. So, they probably spend about 18 hours on the roost without getting down for food and water. They don't let any of the other hens split them up on the roost. The first 2 days I had them, I got an egg from each of them. After that, they have completely stopped laying. They are getting close to being 1-1/2 years old. They are very dependent on each other and tend to get picked on. Not in a cruel way, just general pecking order picking. They just seem very sensitive to it and are of course the lowest on the pecking order. Not sure if this has helped them any with the egg-laying issue. When we first got the girls, they liked to hide in the nesting boxes and tried to sleep there, but I kept putting them on the roost and finally they just go up to the roost at night. Maybe I discouraged them? I just started adding some supplemental light because egg laying is pretty low overall for most of my girls. I have 10 and only getting 1-3 eggs max per day. They are getting an extra 3 hours right now (about 15 total for the day). I was hoping it would stimulate the new girls to lay, but it doesn't seemed to have helped. I got into chickens as a hobby for eggs, but just wondering how long I wait to see if these girls will ever lay an egg. I feed organic, so it is pretty costly to be feeding extra birds. I don't mind keeping them over the winter, but they just seem to be mentally frail. The guy I bought them from said that if I stopped the 24/7 light, they would stop laying. I didn't think he meant literally forever. I thought that they would stop for a couple weeks or a month, but not indefinitely. Has anyone ever encountered this before? I am just at a loss. I know that their life is better with me by cutting out the 24/7 lighting, so for that I am grateful. I just don't know when one decides....you know? Wendy ETA: I know they are not hiding their eggs anywhere. I have a small area for them to range outside of the run. I have searched and haven't found anything.