I bought 3 hens and a rooster a few weeks ago, and it appears that only one hen is actually laying... There are 2 white ones with their full comb and wattles and then a big brown pullet with no comb or wattles to speak of...She is larger than the white hen that is laying, but much smaller than the white hen that isn't. I am assuming that the brown one is too young, and the big white one is too old. I just don't get it because the brown chicken is really big...She looks like she should be old enough to lay, but no comb, no wattles, no eggs...I don't know how old she is, but she is a big girl...I'll take some pics later perhaps so I can get some thoughts on her age. That or she is a hen with no comb or wattles. Also, I don't want to keep feeding and cleaning up after a hen that isn't laying, but I also don't want to kill one if she might start laying in Spring...I also recently acquired a hen and her 7 chicks...The lady said the chicks are about 2 months old. They are fully feathered, but mama still is right on top of them all the time, and she appears to be some sort of bantam mix, so she is really small, and the chicks are almost her size, but they still try to huddle under her, and they just look like they are carrying her on her backs...When will she stop fooling with the chicks and get back to the business of egg laying... And one more question...how do I keep the chicks from eating the layer pellets? I bought 25# and the chickens have hardly made a dent in it...after they finish this I will get grower food and then add dishes of oyster, but for now, will it hurt the chicks if they eat a few pellets here and there? Or is there some way to keep the chicks away from it?