I live in Maine and have a beautiful 8x6 coop that my husband built for our 8 hens. About half the bunch is laying so far and we couldn't be more thrilled!! Eggs are delicious and girls are happy! This will be our first winter with the chickens and the coop doesn't have electricity. I have a couple questions: (FYI: Breeds are Dominique, Australorp, SL Wyandotte, Cochin, Campine, Sizzle and 2 EE's) 1) Do I have to have a light on to extend the daylight hours to keep them laying? 2) If they haven't started by now will they wait until spring? The EE's and the Cochin aren't laying yet. ( 28 weeks) 3) If I don't have a light will they slow down in egg production or stop completely? 4) How cold is too cold? I plan to weatherize the coop fairly well -- stop some of the big drafts and leave some openings for ventilation but on those weeks when it stays in the single digits do I need add some sort of heating device? Will they go on egg-strike if it gets too cold? 5) Will the eggs freeze while I am at work? Speaking of freezing any great ideas on keeping the water from freezing? Thanks to all you northerners -- as a beautiful fall unfolds I can't help but think what is around the corner!!