We purchased 25 Delaware + some other chickens, turkeys, ducks, etc. from Cackle Hatchery and they were delivered as day old in April of '09 and we still do not seem to be getting much from them. We are seeing some small brown eggs but we would have figured by 24 weeks that they would be up to full size eggs by now. We also have another 30 assorted hens and our egg production has not gone up but by maybe 1 or 2 eggs day since the Delaware hens reached 20 weeks. We were somewhat disappointed as Cackle shipped 5 roosters in that batch of Delaware hens as well as shipping the wrong turkeys. Has anyone had this problem before with an entire batch laying so late? This is our 3rd mini-flock purchase from Cackle and the others have always done well. Granted we had some intense heat this summer but were careful to cool the hens down and supplementing with Durvet Vitamins & Electrolytes. On a side question we are looking for a breed that starts laying on or before 20 weeks and is a good dual purpose with large - x large brown eggs and is a good forager since we have acreage for them to roam for their food but we do provide oats and crumbles. We have had the following dual-purpose: Rhode Island (mean), Buff Orpington (nice but we keep ordering different breeds to find the 'just right' breed), Turken (don't ask what we were thinking), Ameraucana (nice but some customers had issues with 'colored' eggs). We do not mind ordering from a smaller hatchery and would even pick up from a place around DFW. We are considering Plymouth/Barred Rock from http://www.mthealthy.com/.