LOL, how many of you are sitting in 100 degree heat and read the subject line and cussed me out at the top of your lungs? Hee hee.. Anyway, I know that egg laying tends to decrease in winter, though how much more you can decrease from zero eggs today (the heat? I dunno...), is beyond me. But, while I don't want to burn my girls out way before their time, "some" eggs will be required to get us through the cold winter months. I thought about maybe using a lamp in the coop, but have a couple questions... 1) Lamp for laying...is there a certain color or wattage that works well for a pretty typical 4x8 coop? 2) Wanting to continue some laying but without burning them out, how much light in a day, including lamp time, should I shoot for? 3) Lamp for warming...I've read some people say, in climates much like mine (Western NC), they only really take action if there is extreme extended cold, say...sub 20 degrees for a couple days? The breeds I have are listed in my sig...are there any I should worry about in temps before getting to 20? Are there heating options that won't include light so they can sleep? 4) Pretty sure the only ones I need to really worry about comb-wise, are the brown leghorns...maybe my BR. Bag balm on the comb? How often? Reapplied every night? 5) Tweak the food? Is layer and the occasional green table scrap ok to get them through the winter? How about a specific treat fed during the day to increase body temp during the night? 6) Anything winter related to keep my chickens safe and comfortable I might not be considering? I do plan on going deeper with the pine shavings, but I don't see how that's going to help when the sleep on a roost. Their roosts are at a height that puts their heads by upper vents. I was thinking of getting a tarp that would block a cold wind certain nights, but away from the vents so as to allow the vents to do their jobs still. With a vacation coming up and the boys going back to school and general every day chaos, I don't want to wait until the last second to start figuring these things out. So, yeah, I know, it's hot enough to melt iron outside...but don't let that discourage you from thinking about cooler weather with me!!