I just joined the site. I had a flock of 20+/- RIR layers back in the 70's 80's and have forgotten a lot since. My question. I raised 6 Speckled Sussex hens this spring from chicks for my daughter. They were born first week of April and they started laying in late August. Egg production was decent until late November and then ceased entirely the first week of December. I have researched the web and found this to be fairly normal. My Question. Should I stop feeding them layer pellets until they begin to lay again. They seem to go through the scratch mix like crazy with the cold. I was wondering if I should just feed them the scratch until early spring when the eggs start again. Thank you for any help.