Hey all, I have three 3 Chick Marley hens (also called Scots Grey or Shepherd Pied) hens and 1 CMxhybrid. All the same mum, but a sneaky rooster got in for the 4th. They're about 20 weeks old and as plucky as can be, ruling the garden left right and center. Killed all my pumpkins, dug up half the peas - so they're not suffering from any sort of lethargy. They've not laid yet, which can be expected. The problem is, my mother-in-law (who has a farm) swears up and down that they will never ever lay. Ever. Not a laying breed. Into the soup pot. Has anyone heard this? Internet says thye're dual-purpose but not broody, and the farmer I bought the chicks from never said they were non-laying (as he did for others I looked at). I chose them because they're cold hardy and independent, and won't need a lot of coddling. Everyone keeps asking if they've laid yet, even the clerk in the shop. I've also had some comments that they don't "look like farm hens". This is a small farming community, so I don't want to approach the farmer saying he sold me duds unless I know for sure.