I live in the NW suburbs of Chicago. I bought some chicks in May. About a month ago, I was telling my neighbor that they were not laying yet. He told me to get a light and to put it in the coop. He said that it did not matter when to add the light, simply to give them 5 extra hours a day. I set the light on a timer in the evening. Now I have come to find out that I may be harming my chickens by making them lay in the winter and I also came to know that I should have put the light on in the morning rather than at night. What should I do? As I stated, the light has been coming on now for about a month. I would like to discontinue the light all together, but I read that they might molt as a result? Is that true? I feel that that would be bad for them as the cold weather is coming. I need advice, please. I want eggs, but I want to do what is best for the well being of my birds. Thank you.