I got my 2 chickens on September 28 at one day old. By my calculations they are around 27-28 weeks old. I thought they were supposed to lay around 22-23 weeks? Their breeds are a Delaware and a Sussex. Their combs are bright red and I have had it confirmed that they are female. What is up with them? I've tried feeding them red pepper like my Ag teacher suggested but that didn't do a thing. I can only think of two things that may have effected them. One, when they were about 12-13 weeks, all of their other hatch mates were attacked and killed by dogs. One was hiding in a thorn bush and I saved the other out of the dog's mouth. Could they be stressed still? Would that prevent their laying? They were all by themselves for about 6-7 weeks and then I got a new group of chicks. They all live in the same coop and run. Could the young chicks possibly be bothering the older chickens? They have a nesting box full of shavings in a clean coop and plenty of room so...? Any help would be appreciated. I would also be happy to try folk remedies, etc. if it will get them to lay as my mother is threatening to put them on the chopping block if they don't lay by the end of the month.