During the winter around here (near Seattle), we tend to only have about 8-9 hours of daylight. And some of those days are pretty derned dismal too. So I searched for "light in coops" and see quite a mixed set of thoughts. I read a guide referred to on one of the posts and it recommends 14 hours. Our birds are now about five months old and laying really well. I get and kinda like the idea about letting nature control and letting the birds rest in the winter naturally, etc. But then I've read that if daylight gets much less than 14 hours, production goes down dramatically. This is a confusing science for a newbie ... So here's the stupid questions part -- If we decide to light the coop, is it best to do it in the morning? If we turn on lights around 5-ish or so, will the birds be started by the sudden appearance like "gee, where'd that sun come from so fast ... pitch black to SUN in an instance!" You know, and fall off their roost or something? Or is it better to leave the lights on in the evening? Understanding that we start to get dark around here around 4-4:30 and are pretty black by 5 in December. And then if we leave the lights on in the evening, do the birds ever get confused and don't get up on their roost in time when the lights go out and then have to sit on the floor of the coop until morning? Or do they figure it out and go to bed at about their typical 7pm time. So maybe lights on at 5-7am and again 4-7pm or so? Or should we be thinking about the idea of also lighting the coop to provide some heat in the winter? We don't get that cold all that often ... but sometimes it's below freezing for a couple of weeks or so ... ...... Just wanting to keep the girls happy, you know?