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Natural and artificial light
Birds are accustomed to seasons and, as a result, the growing industry uses artificial light to encourage egg laying. In nature, they usually fly from north to south for winter in pursuit of better places to lay eggs and raise chicks. To prep them for the flight, their reproductive glands shrink so there's less weight to carry during the journey. During warm weather you can expect a hen to lay one egg a day and some birds will lay eggs throughout the winter regardless. Otherwise, you can supplement lowered egg production with grocery-store purchases, or use artificial light to trick them into keeping up that egg-laying pace.