Here is my sad November egg situation. I live in coastal Southern California. I have 6 hens- 1 Delaware, 1 Rhode Island Red, 1 Barred Rock, 2 Ameracaunas and 1 Welsummer. The Delaware is the head angry chicken. She will peck you as soon as looking at you. They are all the same age- chicks in May 2009. They all laid very well for about their 1st year- starting at about 6 months old with a bit of a break over Dec/Jan. Then, starting last winter (that's right, almost 1 year ago), the RIR just decided to stop and has not laid since. That was last February and she wasn't even 2 yet! She looks totally healthy, is not broody (although she tried that last year),has a good appetite- but just not interested in laying. Will she ever start up again? The Welsummer had problems with internal laying and although she has survived, hasn't laid since last January. Her comb is starting to redden up again after she went through a long molt- so I am worried that her problems will re-surface. She is so scared of the others that I have to separate them each evening so that she can eat a little in peace. If she tries to roost with the others, they harass her to the point of where she has been sleeping in one of the nest boxes. The 2 Ameracaunas had a couple of good months this summer where they laid maybe 3 eggs a week each. The Barred Rock also had a couple of OK late summer months where she was doing 3- 4 eggs a week until she started to molt last month. Only one of my six hens has been laying consistently (>3 a week) over this past year, and that is the Delaware. She is an awful, nasty, aggressive, bossy bird, and I would love to make her into stew- but she is the only one that has been dependably laying. That said, she has not laid for 3 days. When I was getting 3-4 eggs a day, I was able to sell some each week and get a little $$ to help pay for the expensive organic feed they get. Could it be that the extra obnoxious Delaware has pushed the others around enough so that they have given up laying? Does this sort of thing happen?