I bought 4 hens yesterday from a local gentleman. I knew when I bought them that they were not yet laying, however I had assumed before seeing them they must be sickly. As it turns out, they appear to be in good health! However, they were on a craxked corn mix? I am not sure what it was to be exact, but it was not layer crumbles. Anyhow, one hen is 7 months and in the middle of her moult. 2 other hens look to be in the tail end of their moult and they are 8 months. The last hen is past her moult, has all of her feathers in, appears healthy, and is 9 months old. Any idea why the three elder girls would not be laying? I can even understand the 8 months old as they are jut now coming out of a moult, but why is the 9 month old not laying? I am a bit confused. These are the only four hens I have and I am a newbie. Since bringing them home, they have been supplied with a nice coop, 2 nesting boxes with straw, Layena "all natural" layer crumbles, and fresh water. They even have roosting perches. Is there anything else I can do to encourage laying? Should I be worried? Thanks!