Last year my huhsband and I, along with our children, moved from the Dallas/Ft Worth Texas urban area to a rural community. True to form, when Spring came this year we decided to buy a few chicks from the local feed store. We kept them in a climate controlled area until they feathered out and then moved them to an old rabbit cage near our backdoor to keep a close eye on them until they got a little bigger and could be safely let into a chicken coop (a hen house within a fenced in area with a screen on top to keep away hawks and keep the chickens from flying out). We bought them in early March and were told they had hatched in late February. We put them in the chicken coop area in early May. I am telling you all this so you have a pretty good idea of what I have been doing in an effort to take good care of my chickens. They are a little over 6 months old and none of them have ever layed an egg??!! Am I doing something wrong?? I have been feeding them what the feed store has been telling me to feed them according to their age. I keep lots of fresh water in their area daily. I have assumed that since we have been experiencing a terrible heat-wave here (68+ days over 100 degrees) that the heat was a factor. But according to what I have been reading on here and other websites their egg production should be slowed down, but not completely null because of the heat. I am so confused!!!