We are fairly new to chickens. We inherited a flock of five 2 year old hens last summer. Last Sept-Oct they went into molt and stopped laying. Being newbies, we did not have any extra light nor did we switch to high protein feed at first, but those things were done. And the girls came back into egg laying quite well, and have been going strong (for old hens) until recently. The egg laying has been declining gradually over the last few weeks, until now we are not getting any (for the last 3-4 days). At first we wrote off last year's slow-down and molt to the stress of the weather back then (flood and very cold temps), made worse perhaps by our lack of lighting and feeds. Now however we are at roughly the same time of year, no extremes in the weather, light bulb in the coop to extend light for 15 hours a day, good feed, and these hens have still stopped their egg production. So my question is, is it just that these hens are getting too old and their egg laying days/seasons are numbered? Or is this just a chicken cycle that they are going to stop egg laying in Sept each year and molt, but they will come back in a while? I have not seen any signs of molting (extra feathers around, rough looking birds). And I have not noticed any signs of disease (although on the black birds I notice a touch of white by their vent sometimes), but everyone seems healthy. I suppose I could just wait a few months and see what happens, but I would like to be able to figure out what's going on. Any ideas?