We have (3) Barred Rock, and (3) Black Star pullets, 24 weeks old. They were fetched up on Purina Organic Grower, and are now on Purina Organic Layer ration (always available), and some fresh veg. in the morning, when the coop is opened up. They occasionally get a tetherball-style cabbage, or spaghetti squash to play with, and have constant access to clean water (inside the coop and out). They roost in a clean, dry, well-ventilated coop, w/3 square feet each, fresh chopped straw bedding, and (2) nesting boxes. They have 140 square feet of secure, partly shaded outdoor space to forage and goof off in during the day. They have a (TSC feed tub) dust bath, containing DE, peat moss, and wood ash, which is under separate roof, in the run. I'm not using artificial lighting, except to check on them prior to closing the coop in the evening. They all seem healthy, and look great, though the Barred Rocks have considerably more comb and wattle development than the Black Stars. They are all active and curious, but the 'Rocks are "friendlier", and more social (typical, from what I've read). I think only 2 or 3 of them laying, and not very often. One Barred Rock has been at it for a couple weeks and her eggs are getting bigger. We don't know where the other smallish eggs are coming from, but some days we have none, some days one. We've only had 2 eggs on a couple occasions. Thankfully - all eggs thus far have been deposited in a laying box. I did find a "rubber" egg on the coop floor last week, but I understand that is normal for new layers. I've been reading about stress, age, and other reasons for "egglessness" - but can't figure this out . . . . . Any of you folks had this happen with "new" birds?