Hi all - I have an egg-laying, chicken age, time of year question: I just did the math and realised that our 6 gold-laced wyandottes are just about 5 months/20 weeks old (got them at 1-2 days old in the first few days of June). Our chicken "palace" (otherwise known as the henhaus) has taken considerably longer than you'd think it would take two architects to build anything - it's almost done, but not quite. Nothing a hard and fast weekend couldn't accomplish. However - currently the girls and their rooster are living on our screened in porch in the Hudson Valley where it has finally started dipping below 30F at night (we all survived the storm, but the hens and Henry were terrified when a piece of the plastic sheeting i had put up to protect them blew around in the 70mph gusts) (they're fine now). So the question is somewhat complicated, and in parts: 1. Should I anticipate them starting to lay this late in the year, given that they seem to be about the right age, or will they wait til the days start to get longer again in the spring? 2. Do chickens generally molt first and then start to lay (ours have not molted, but I think I heard/read this somewhere)? 3. Because they seem to be the right age, should I transition them to layer feed? 4. If they start laying now, on the porch, will they have more difficulty transitioning to the henhaus (and could I then use this as ammunition to get my husband to agree we need to finish and the hens can't possibly over-winter on the porch?)? thanks!