I picked up a pair of English Lavender Orpington from a guy (they were beautiful, healthy and the price was right) that he said were 5-6 months old but she hadn't started to lay yet. I've got them in quarantine and they are doing great. i messaged the guy i got them from and asked the hatch date and he got back to me this afternoon with a hatch date of 26 April 2015 (he was absolutely sure of that), that makes them a bit over 30 weeks old and she should have been laying by now one would think but her comb still hasn't filled in good and red yet either.
he said he just had them on a regular 16% layer diet and that for the last month or so all his chickens have stopped laying, i have mine on a higher protein diet and no artificial light and they are all still producing an egg a day, could if be the diet he was feeding? i doubt the lighting would be much different as he's only about 25 miles from me and he said his pens get good sun.
I've heard of hens coming of egg laying age close to winter that didn't start till the following spring but i'm hoping that's not the case, any suggestions??