I am so frustrated right now. I've raised chickens in the past and never had this problem before. May 16th, 2013 An order of 40 chicks came in. Now it's 11/9/2013 and I have no idea why they aren't laying. For about 2-3 weeks about two months ago, I had about five hens who were laying, and then they just stopped. None of them are showing signs of sickness or stress and they eat a 16% calcium layer feed (with oyster shell as well). I live in lower Wisconsin and I have a mixture of Buff Orpingtons, Rhode Island Reds, Barred Plymouth Rocks, and some Red Laced Cornish pullets. I even had a couple of bantams who were my best consistent layers who also stopped laying for some reason. I haven't had an egg for the last month and a half. TT_TT I've heard rumors about Cayenne pepper helping, but how much am I supposed to give them? For nearly 40 hens? I'm going crazy and my dad is flipping out on me about why they aren't laying because it's not exactly cheap to keep feeding "slackers". He's going to cull them all if things don't change. I understand that some don't lay early, but I've never had this happen before. ANY advice is welcome... Help?