Well, not every bird will be a bad layer. It's just that I like giving a heads-up for people who find their Amer's or EE's wind up in the poor layer category. Even at their best Ameraucanas only lay about half the year or less. They certainly don't have the White Leghorn reputation for production but the blue eggs (or green) are nice for the little while you get them.
I like a colored egg basket so I have a flock with lots of breeds in it. My EE's are some of my steadiest and best layers and lay extra large eggs. In fact the only eggs I'm getting now are my greens and blues and thankfully some of my white laying pullets from last spring have started laying. I haven't seen a brown or dark egg for a while.
My marans and welsumers have been a disappointment. Beautiful eggs but not many. I'm thinking of going to the dark side and adding some production birds, maybe black sex links, to the flock next spring. And I will get more EE's in a heartbeat.
Many of the birds are coming out of a molt so I certainly hope they start laying again before the days start getting longer.