Your hens are probably starting to go 'off lay' as the days shorten. It is a good idea to take this opportunity to steam clean their housing. This eliminates red mite from all the cracks and crannies and kills bacteria that builds up without soaking the house. Putting a clove of garlic and a drop of vinegar into their drinking water will help with condition and worms and an extra handful of shredded paper (free from offices and without mites..) to help with warmth if they are looking a little bare around the behind.
Our links with the Rucksack project continues and it is at this time of year events are being organised around the country to distribute a Rucksack to the homeless. If you are reluctant to give to charities because of the problems of the effects of 'the middle man' this is a way of doing something which has a direct impact.