I just purchased my second carton of store bought eggs and I am very sad! Have my chicks stopped laying forever? Here are the details; maybe someone can tell me if there is hope! All three hens are 22 months old. All laid beautifully throughout the entire winter last year (2-3 eggs per day in total) and through this summer The welsummer stopped laying in late September. She did have her first molt then, but never laid again afterwards The easter egger stopped laying in October. Same with the molt. The plymouth barred rock went down to 1 egg every three or four days around daylight savings, and has stopped entirely as of Christmas. We use artificial light from about 4 am to 8 am; same as I did last winter. I don't know what to think--is it possible they have stopped laying? Do I really need to retire three chickens already, or is there something I can do to encourage them?? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.