My small flock is about 6 months old, this is the first time I'm keeping chickens and have a few questions about the upcoming winter in regards to eggs. I've heard chickens either slow down a lot with their egg laying or stop completely through winter unless you use artificial light, which I am not going to be doing. If this is true, around when can I expect them to start slowing down/stop? I ask because I give away a lot of our eggs and would like to make sure I start keeping them at a somewhat appropriate time to make sure we have plenty through the winter. I have 11 hens, only 7 are laying as of right now. Also, to extend the life of the eggs is my best plan to keep them unwashed on a counter and then at some point put them in the fridge when their room temp "life" is nearing it's point? If I do it this way, how long are they good on the counter for and then how long in the fridge?