I am thankful that I do not have to do anything different in the winter that I would have to do any other time of year. It was good to see the discussion on scales. You can't intelligently breed poultry without them. The type or style is not as important as being able to get accurate weights when they are young (8wks) and at maximum size. I always wanted to get an old cocker's scale, but it would be as much nostalgia as anything. The comments on eggs per week are not informative. Eggs in the pullet year, with or without lights, would be helpful. It is not how many they lay in a week that makes them a good layer. Not to mention perception is never completely accurate. It is how many they lay in a pullet year. That is from POL to molt, or for a hen when she comes back into lay until the molt. Concerning protein, what is important is the amino acid profile and it's digestibility. More so than qty. This can be accomplished any number of ways with any number of sources. Animal protein supplements are especially helpful during breeding season, molting, conditioning etc.