I have 11 hens - a mixed flock 3 RI reds, 4 black australorps, 1 copper moran, 1 buff orp, 2 americaunas. Most are 1-2+ yr old but I have several 6month old pullets - 2 blacks and the copper. The 3 pullets have yet to start. One has red-ish wattles but nothing yet. I believe the remaining 8 are now molting. I added 5 of the girls about a month ago (stress and reworking of pecking order), and unfortunately my dog has attacked more than once, the last being 3 weeks ago. I have since sequestered my dog and he does not have access to the backyard or within eyeshot (predator stress). I feed them Layena with kitchen scraps, free range of whole yard now, probiotics, and some diatomaceous earth. Ofcourse -it is mid October in Maryland, and the days keep gettting shorter and shorter. I am currently getting zero eggs per day. A few questions: 1) will the pullets still start laying soon in spite of decreasing daylight? 2) will my other girls be molting all winter? 3) is it too late to start exposing them to artificial light and if I do, is the morning best? I know they need minimum 12-14 hrs/day. They seem happy now and the pecking order seems pretty well re-established. They love taking over the back yard! However it's pretty discouraging having no eggs every day. On the other hand, they are hard at work improving my landscaping beds.