I currently have 11 hens. 3 of them will be 2 years old in the spring and all just went through their first molt (one has started to lay again already!) The remaining 8 are 5 Red Stars (I believe) 2 Buff Orpingtons and one EE. A couple of my Red Stars, one of my BO's and my EE were all laying well until the 3 older ones stopped for their molt. They now have the pale combs/wattles like my others did through their molt and are not laying. They are healthy, and active. They live in an 8x8 coop with attached covered 8x8 run and an attached uncovered 8x24 run. Is it normal for them to stop laying their first winter? My older girls laid all winter last year and this is only my second winter with chickens. They are getting free choice layer crumbles and a few handfuls of scratch/mealies/alfalfa every morning to keep them occupied.
Also, will my BO's eggs ever get any larger? My Red girls are laying nice big brown eggs, and my BO lays this tiny pale brown pullet sized egg.