I'm looking into getting 2-3 australorps that are already laying.... They are in my area, have many for sale. She said they're either last spring's or last fall's chickens... I asked why they were selling (for only $5ea). Well, I asked y they were selling and she said they sell every year so that they can keep production up...? Does this sound a little off to you? It kinda does to me but what do I know about chickens? So how do I know if they're about done laying??? Or if they really are only 9-12 months old?