In the last week, I have had one egg. I'm hungry! And the girls are bare. I've read about moulting and egg laying temps, but have never been through this before: Do chickens stop laying for a period of months during the winter? If the temp is 45 - 80 degrees in the coop along with a light, but freezing outside, will they lay? I'm starting to think about knitting some sweaters for the girls at this point - how long does the moulting period last? My Australorps have new feathers growing in (however, they're older and were already bare from rooster activities), does this mean they're finished with their moulting? Do roosters moult like hens? Do they only moult in winter - I saw this bare naked Leghorn at the feed mill last May - was it just moulting?