After the tragic disappearance of my lovely pet New Hampshire red, Jemima, I needed to fill the absence with a new pet chicken. She was super friendly, with the added bonus of yummy eggs. I went to an acquaintance's farm and picked out a buff orpington for their known friendliness and, not to mention, their big fluffy cuteness. The owner said he gets 6-9 eggs out of the coop a day (from around 15 chickens living there). He wasn't sure which ones they came from, but I was more concerned with a new pet, not so much with eggs. I'm just kinda curious whether I can tell if she's still laying or not. The Internet and friends of mine say you can't really tell how old a chicken is. I figured she was older by her size, the fullness of her feathers, and her thick skin on her legs. I've had her for maybe 10 days now and no eggs. The other day though, she did a submissive squat! Do older chickens still do this from habit or is this a sign that maybe she took a little egg-cation from the move to a new environment, and the fact it's November, so less daylight? Also a side note, a friend told me they had a fairly old chicken that still laid eggs. I thought they only did for a couple of years.. Does anyone have an old hen who still lays?