I was going to title this "why aren't my chickens laying?" but thought Speckled Hen would slap me. Just kidding. Seriously, though, I thought that first year pullets that started laying in the summer or fall were supposed to continue laying through their first winter, at least somewhat, but most of mine stopped (I don't supplement with light). Normal? The BluCM that started in late November (6/wk), and my Lakenvelder (3/wk) are the only two that are still laying. My very consistent 6/week BCM/Blk Star (I think I was fooled! her eggs are lighter than my BluCM's), both EEs and my Campine haven't laid an egg since I got home from the holidays earlier this month, and neither have the Runners - I was getting 2 eggs from the 3 ducks and on avg. 3 chicken eggs every day before the I left (not counting the BluCM). I have no idea what they were doing in December while I was gone. I've recently started supplementing with lighting in the morning. I'm having it come on 15 min earlier every day or two until I get to at least 12 hrs of total light (I know it's 'supposed' to be 14+, but I'll see how it goes). I've got a bunch of 7-8 mo olds that haven't started yet - they need to start pulling their weight. None of my birds, incl. the ducks, are a year old - the oldest are from April 2011. My youngest layer (BluCM) is 8 mos, the oldest 10 mos. Maybe they got mad (more likely didn't like the change) that someone else was taking care of them and went on strike? I don't have a need for the number of eggs I would be getting right now (I'd just sell the extras), and they seem happy and healthy, I was just curious how true the spring chicken-ism really is. Thanks.