1. How long can I expect my hens to lay? I've heard a lot of people giving a prime 2 year egg laying span. I read something on the chicken lady blog that suggests much longer. I will likely do a yearly flock reduction after the first round gets around 2-3 years old. (Stew pot). I guess I will watch the time frame for a noticeable and consistent drop in production to schedule the culling? 2. The northwest has a very short daylight span during part of the year. I plan to turn on coop light in early am and also turn on small 25watt red lamp during the night. Is this going to prevent molting? Any comments or suggestions?