I'm curious as to what people here are doing. So far, I haven't, but I'm getting tempted this winter.
I have 10 hens at are 3 1/2 years old, and one that is a year and a half. Only the one younger hen is still laying. Some of the others have not laid an egg since late July when they starting molting. By September, only three of the older hens were still laying. At the end of September, those last 3 layers began molting and ceased laying. I was hoping that the early molters who are now beautifully feathered, would pitch in little before winter set in, but no such luck. I'm not running a commercial business or anything, but I'm a bit dismayed that some of my birds may be going from August to next March without laying.
My thought would be to wait another 3 or 4 weeks until the last molters was done and then, if no one was laying yet, add supplemental light. I don't want to stress them, but I hate to think some hens are only going to be laying eggs for 4 or 5 months out of the year.