We maintain a flock of eighty to one hundred layers that are a mix of Barred Rocks, and black and red sex links. During the summer, they roam the top fields, following the cattle, and scratching for bugs. They are truly free range, never confined.
Daylight is important in regulating the hens’ output of eggs, so they lay much less in the short daylight hours of winter days. We don’t trick them by leaving lights on in their winter quarters. They can have their days of rest.