Hi, I am new here but I already have a question for those of you with more experience at this than me! We purchased chicks from Murray McMurray in the early summer of various breeds including: buff orpington, delaware, blue andalusian, new hampshire red, a partridge rock and two mille fleur bantams. Their hatch date was 6/21 and they have never laid an egg! We have them in a coop with plenty of room and they get out every day for free range. We also have 4 roosters if that helps any. There are a total of eight hens. We did have a much better hen to rooster ratio but dogs got into the coop when they were about 15 weeks old and took care of that so now we are rooster poor but looking to remedy that soon if my dear hubby can talk himself into it. We live in Southern Middle TN and have had A LOT of rainy days since November so we have had very little natural sunlight. We have tried to make up for that by installing a light bulb in their coop and have been keeping it on 24/7 since last week, before that we turned it on at dusk and left it on until about 9 PM. I had hoped leaving it on for a longer time would help but no such luck. Temps here have averaged about 50 during the day and 35 in the PM since November. Oh, we feed Purina layer ration plus treats every once in a while but we keep most of those for the roosters to help with the feed bill. They eat a ton of feed. We purchased a 50lb bag a few days before Christmas and ran out today! They eat every last bit and I am afraid they may not be getting enough to lay but I check their crops at roosting time and they are all full. That is all I can think of except that my husband is wanting to get rid of them because we have spent so much and are still not getting anything in return. They were purchased so that we would be more self sufficient and now that are more of a burden since we are not only buying feed but still buying eggs too! Any advice would be so appreciated!