During the recent sub-zero weather here in MN, I have been taking my hens a warm snack of oatmeal to counteract the temps on their systems. I have been getting out there mid-morning, about when some of them are starting to lay. It seems to help, as I'm still getting about one egg per hen per day. This got me wondering - Do you think it's better to: a) Give them a warm treat BEFORE they lay, to give them more strength during the stress of egg-laying? or b) Give them a warm treat AFTER they lay, to help with recuperation? Or does it even matter? I'm not sure wither way, but it's interesting to think about. I do know one thing - If I give my hens a treat like this more than a couple days in a row, they start to expect it every day. They give me the 'stink-eye' like I am letting them down. I'm interested in your thoughts on this not-so-critical topic. Thanks!