Hubby and I are ready to expand the flock since the current one is just not able to keep up with production demands. I have heard several things that I would like clarification on... 1. When do hens generally start to taper off on egg production? excluding times of moulting. I have heard about 3years. 2. At what age does the first moult typically happen? and will it matter if they are spring chicks or fall chicks? I guess what I am asking is regardless of when they were hatched will they go into a moult at xx to xx months? 3. How do you figure out which hens are laying? and which are not? I have 14 hens right now and can only tell that certain hens have laid in other words I can not match the chicken to the egg. LOL Is there colored marking paint or something like with sheep? 4. When they do moult how long does it typically last? It seems my hens have been moulting most of the summer. They are still laying but not as many as I think they should.