I became a new chicken owner last April (for my Birthday!) and have Questions! The air is getting cooler and I'm finding LOTS of feathers... do they molt when the weather changes? How do you winter-ize an outdoor coop and do they come outside during winter/snow? I mean, there'd be no grass; it'd be covered with snow. I plan on giving them lots of hay and straw around the outdoor coop, and in the run, is that good enough? My hens are layers, however, I don't know the difference between Meat and Laying hens~! My husband says you can't eat hens that are past, like 12 weeks old, is that so?