My basic question is: Will chickens lay during 9-10 hr. days, and if so, is this bad for them? My girls stoppped laying in September when the days turned less than 12 hrs., but my Buff Cochin started laying again late October when the days were just less than 11 hrs. long. (no supplemental light) Buffy the Bug Slayer died on Sunday, and while I was unable to send her to UCD for testing, I'm guessing it was a heart attack or an egg-laying issue. She was fine at 7 a.m. when I took out the feed, and then dead in the corner of the run by 9 a.m. Buffy had an awesome life. I'm grateful that the first chicken death I've experienced was a peaceful and tidy. Her feathers were still so soft, and she was still looking rather adorable. I wrapped her in a pretty Turkish scarf and put her in the deep chicken hole that DBF lovingly dug. RIP Buffster! We will miss your quiet dignity and superb bug-slaying abilities!