The summer waned and so did the daylight. No eggs at all. We figured they weren't getting enough light but didn't want to force them to lay by putting them on lights over the winter. The fall was here and we were determined to get a few eggs for breakfast before winter. I went to another place and bought 3 hens that I was told were already, currently, laying eggs. Nothing. One morning I woke up to a "Cock-a-doodle-do!" Turns out one of our "hens" was a rooster. In the end it turned out four of them were roosters. A few succumbed to some strange changes in weather over the winter and what I thought must have been a respiratory ailment.
The lack of eggs was seriously upsetting to my omelet-loving husband, so he was tearing his hair out when a friend of our's chickens started laying in the dead of winter, no lights, nothing. He made a half hearted attempt at putting a leftover bit of rope lighting in the hen house, but I don't think it was bright enough. Kind of made the coop festive looking though! One night we ordered in Chinese food and my husband, who had just been bemoaning the lack of eggs, opened his fortune cookie to read "A hen today is better than an egg tomorrow." I hung his mis-fortune on the fridge.
I was completely in love with my chickens again! The next morning I practically ran to the coop, took a deep breath, lifted the lid of the nesting box, YES, another egg! Now I was feeling more confident.