I usually keep enough eggs to last us through the winter but this year I gave away too many eggs. I had to dole out eggs like a miser for our breakfasts and baked goods.
A few weeks ago, I realized I was going to run out before the hens started laying again. (For these girls, it's usually February.)
An old standby is to put a light in their chicken coop for a few extra hours after dark.
You want to mimic 12 hours of daylight. To keep hens healthy, only do this after they've molted and only for a few extra hours--not all night.
I waited and waited. Two weeks went by and nada. I was down to two eggs.
Can I tell you how much it killed me to buy store eggs?
On the third week, I made breakfast with the store eggs. That's when the girls decided to start laying again. I swear they clucked Merry Christmas to me.
A day late and three dollars short.
I hope you have plenty of eggs, family, and friends in your life.
Merry Christmas, my friends!