My chicken raising hobby has been so depressing thus far. I bought two 'pullets' from a local farm, she said they would start laying around mid to late September or possibly early october. One is a red star and the other is my beautiful blue splash marans. Well, after waiting and waiting and waiting I've all but given up! I think she totally lied to me about their ages - what a mean trick!!!!! I don't even want to confess how much I spent on them, thinking they would be laying soon after I bought them (in August). Here are some pictures I just took today of them. Poor Lucile (the red star) is smaller than some of my baby Easter Eggers who won't be laying till February. She show NO signs whatsoever of laying any time at all. The other, Betty has a very full comb and waddles and it's nice and red but she also shows no other signs. She's looked like this for a few weeks now. Ugh. Out of all 6 I get NO EGGS - big fat 0!!!! My ONE who is of laying age is molting terribly now, running around the yard acting like a young little pullet - she even stopped squatting for us - is that normal? I guess I'm just looking for sympathy really. I know it's a waiting game and some people get lucky with early laying chickens...then others of us get stuck with the late bloomers/freeloaders. I'm losing my affection for these silly birds. Here is Betty who is approx. 30 weeks according to the woman who sold her to me - still has yet to lay ANYTHING And here is Lucile who is approx. 26 weeks. Still has no comb and looks like a baby!!!!! Was I totally taken for a ride on these???? It seems so to me...ugh. And finally, here is one of my EE's who will be 20 weeks sometime in January.