Starting my first winter with chickens. I've been putting a light on in the coop and run for a few hours after dusk since mid October. I leave for work well before daybreak and I've noticed that my neighbors a few doors down (who I don't know) have their coop light on in the mornings. A few blocks away from me someone raises chickens and turkeys in temporary hoop houses. They seem to be running their lights at night. I saw the lights on at midnight one night. Just wondering what the benefits are to running lights in the AM vs PM and vise-versa. Main reason I ask is I'm wondering if I'm causing my birds to sleep during the day. My lights come on at dusk, the run turns off at 9:00 and the coop turns off at 10:00. I open the door before I leave in the mornings but they usually don't come out until sunrise according to my wife. After they have eaten and milled around a bit, they just go back in. I could understand if it were nasty weather, but like right now it's 11:00 AM, 50 degrees, sunny and no wind. You would think they would be out enjoying the sunshine, but instead they are napping up in the coop and probably won't come back out until this afternoon. Am I running my lights too long, should I shut them off earlier or switch to mornings, or will that just screw them up for a while (they are only a few weeks away from starting to lay).