Hi!! I am from Puerto Rico and just started here at BYC. I am also a beginer at raising chickens. I got two black australorps about 3 days ago. The previous owner told me that they have been laying for aproximately 6-7 months, but not every day. Apparently they would lay a few eggs one week and then go a week o r two without laying. They are about 1-1.5 years old (according to previous owner). I beleive they are in the perfect age for laying. However, they havent layed an egg while living with me. Is this normal? What should I do if not? I feed them "egg layer's purina" (this is a translation for what we call it in spanish here in Puerto Rico) and corn. Theyy are also always pecking the grass and soil. They have a coop and a run. And I let them free range every afternoon for about an hour, but am always watching them during this time. Please help! And thanks!