After a month of putting the girls on timed lighting, upping their scratch intake, etc and not seeing any results with an increase in egg production (1 egg a day from 20 hens!!), FINALLY I think I've hit upon something that works. A few days ago I found a recipe on here for hot cooked oatmeal with garlic and honey. I didn't have honey, but I put in the garlic, tossed in a half cup of yogurt and put it out for them. The response wasn't as enthusiastic as I'd hoped, but lo and behold, we have a hen laying who wasn't before!! Yipee! I cooked up another big pot of oatmeal this evening and put in the honey, the yogurt, the garlic (and here's the topper!) a can of tuna. They went nuts out there! I was so happy. It's greatest feeling in the world seeing them in their run with a good new layer of fresh dry hay, gobbling up all that nice warm food to keep them warm during the cold night. So, that's my monster mash. The plan is to do that several times a week. If I was more on the ball I'd cook it up for them every morning, but four days out of seven, I'm up before 5 and out the door to catch the ferry by 5:30. Not much time for cooking, even if it is "quick oats". So, question. Is it okay to give them the hot mash an hour or so before dusk? How much garlic is too much? I put in about a tablespoon of minced garlic for a 6 cup serving of oatmeal. Lastly, do you think its just coincidence that the hen started laying a couple days after the mash or will this really help? Thanks!