I've been trying to research and it seems they aren't very good layers in the winter but all 3 of mine stopped laying in August. Before the days start getting really short. One went broody and ended up hatching 11 chicks hidden away beside our house. The other 2only layed maybe a few more eggs after she went broody. They were never really great layers. They are only 10 months old. Broody mama hasn't layed (well none of the 3 have) since she went broody- 5 months ago. She had really just started laying when she went broody. She is broody again (or still) it seems. I just caught her burying some some of my other hens eggs. She turned out to be a great mama (a couple of our jersey giants went broody but killed all the babies they hatched) so we plan on letting her hatch anything she wants as long as she wants but it is normal for them to stop laying completely and so soon to the time they first lay? I am hoping to see some more blue eggs in the spring but the season hadn't really changed when they stopped. I find it a little odd that the other 2 stopped laying so close to the time mama went broody but neither of them went broody.