I was reading one of Gail Damerow's poultry books and some other sites around the tubes regarding chickens with long periods of molting, and there seems to be a consensus that they will not be good layers in the long run. I am going on at least 3 months of no eggs from my 2 hatchery minorcas. Feathers everywhere, never totally bald patches on them, just a very long time molting. Has this been the case with anyone else? I know that 2 birds may not seem like a lot but, as they used to lay nearly every day for 6 months or so, (and they are barely a year old) I am at a loss of about 48 eggs a month from those two combined and we sell the extra eggs we get to friends and family to help cover the cost of feed for the ladies. I need some advice! Keep, cull, wait it out longer...what have others done in the past with small backyard flocks? Thanks in advance.