Now that winter has reared her ugly side, my chickens have decided to protest by not laying eggs. I realize that due to the lost sunlight their egg production does decrease. The question I have is, should I use artificial light to bring my chickens back to producing eggs as they used to or should I not worry and let them rest from the egg production process for a month or two? I have heard that it is always nice to have a vacation from your normal routine, does this include chickens and their laying process. Obtw, I am just a backyard chicken keeper that has only eight hens, used to have eleven but due to natural selection (fox, red tailed hawk, and heat) I have reluctantly lost three. The hens that I due have they are 20 months and 14 months old. Plan on getting another five for spring to bring the total to an even dozen. Any thoughts on forced egg production by artifical lighting?