I have 9 buff orpingtons that are 1 1/2 years old. They have stopped laying and went through a very mild molt. Two weeks ago one of them layed a paper thin egg that they broke. They are fed a good lay pellet and crushed oyster shells. I am ready to get rid of them. They are beautiful hens. Do I need a rooster for them to lay or do they need to free range the yard. They are in an enclosed coop because we have coyotes and possums. If someone has an answer, please shoot me an email at [email protected].