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I grew up in Mich on a farm, we had lots of chickens.  They did not lay well in the cold weather months; some not at all in the winter.  We had a mix of chickens, Reds, leghorns, Plymouth rock etc. As you know chickens usually do not lay when molting; also Rhode Island reds are known as persistent layers; I not know about the chickens you mentioned. If there are glass eggs in the nesting boxes that might encourage some. My chickens do not eat much of the pellets I offer them and the pellets are all  natural and good stuff. So, I add vitamins to water and make a mash of water and the pellets; they gobble up the mash.  They also get cracked corn and scratch. But as I shared, some chickens did not  like the pellets even though it was offered. Maybe some of your chikens are not eating all that you offer them?       Good Luck.
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Okay, I know I'm a little late to the party but I also had a couple of questions along this topic..
I got 2 Orpington Pullets last year (end of winter). One (the black one) started laying in spring, and laid until she went clucky. However the OTHER one (who is blue) has *never* started laying. She's nearly 2 years old now, and its the end of her second spring at there's nothing (I'm in NZ btw, so its spring here- nearly summer). 
Last year they were both free range, so I figured she was hiding the eggs somewhere- even when I tried locking her up for a couple of days at a time with the nest boxes. 
However this year she's in a big (3mx1m with a house ontop) cage. Her sister has been laying for several months now after her winter break. And they're inseparable- no difference in conditions. 
They get special egg laying pallets, and other supplements. The blue, whos not laying, is much larger than the black. And healthy. And very much not a rooster (The rooster is also very sure she's a hen and frequently mates with her!)

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