I have two 2.5 y/o Buff Orps, and 9 chx's new from this spring, 1 old Buff Orp, 2 barred rocks, 2 Black Giants, 2 golden laced wyandottes, 2 White Rocks. They had just started laying eggs 6 weeks or so ago, and built each week to where 4 weeks ago we were getting 2 dozen eggs a week. That lasted for a whopping 2 weeks, now we're getting 1-2 eggs a week TOTAL from all 11 chickens combined. By the time i pay for food, I think eggs are costing me about $30/dozen. I understand production will go down when the days get shorter and it gets colder (I'm in PA), but is this normal..... a total stoppage of production. My Chx are free range, big comfy coop, automatic coop door, no artificial light though that's changing as of today, and no artificial heat (though I'm willing to change that if I need to, would rather not). I feed high quality food, sometimes organic (which they don't seem to like as much as the not-quite-organic Buckeye layers feed that I normally give them. I'm supplementing a little bit of meal worms I've been growing to make up for the lack of bugs out this time of year. What can I do.... Is this normal? The same thing happened with my first batch of chx the two older buffs came from -- they all started laying heavily and then a few weeks later it stopped like someone flipped a switch. Also, this batch of chx has never taken to their perches very well... they spend a little time there, but also sleep in the laying boxes, or on the floor in a corner. They seem to have just never really learned that they're supposed to roost. Totally different subject, but a little annoying to me b/c their egg boxes get gross quick. Help!!!!!