Here's a dumb question(s) for you experts I've read that a hen lays about 1,000 eggs over it's laying lifetime and that the average laying lifetime of a hen is 4-5 years. Are these correct assumptions? Whether it is or not, my 2nd question is - Can I stretch out the laying life time of our hens by not installing a light in their coop during the winter? We love eggs but with 5 hens we will surely be getting way too many for the 2 of us and will give them away to folks year round. But if they slow down or stop laying in the winter months does that extend their laying for a couple of more years (assuming a hen lays 1,000 eggs)? Our 5 hens are 2 Buffs, 1 Leghorn, 1 Black Sex Link, and 1 Wydannette (sp). Will be glad to supple more info if needed. Thanks for your thoughts and advice!