I haven't visited here in a while, I hope everyone enjoyed the summer. I've tried searching the forum regarding this topic but couldn't find much. We have 6 hens that we got in the middle of May, and I'm surprised that only one has begun laying so far. I'm going to put a light in the coop in the hopes of activating something in the others since we're loosing light daily. Is there anything wrong with putting a brooder lamp in the coop? I already have it and not only would it provide light, it would also put out some heat for them in these cold, cold months approaching. I'm aware of the fire hazard, but we used to keep it on all night when they were just chicks. A regular bulb would give off a little heat, but nothing compared to a heat lamp. What are your thoughts and suggestions? I'm looking out for their well being and safety, so please don't be afraid to tell me that this is a dumb idea! Thanks in advance for your recommendations!