We keep layers, and though I understand that I can encourage them to lay throught he winter by controlling the light, I am wondering if I should. A handful of our hens are new to us, but are roughly a year to eighteen months old. They were used as producers of "purebred" fertilized eggs before they came to us a week ago. They seem to be healthy, but a bit worn out from the experience! (our original small flock-members look great but these new girls have lots of missing feathers.) I am inclined to let the whole group adjust with the natural light changes and slow down egg production... but what does that mean, exactly? Is there a "typical" measurable reduction in eggs? Will this benefit then hens as far as their health goes? We also have a handful of chicks (hatched betwween 8/20 and 9/1) in a different space, of course. Should we care for them differently as far as lighting goes? I have heard that we should adjust the lighting to help them mature successfully since they were hatched late in the year. (We are hoping that they are female, so will proceed as if they are for now!) The adults' indoor space is large (a five stall barn) and secure, but I wonder if I should create a smaller, more enclosed space for them to roost in for the winter... any thoughts?