About a month ago, I found a person selling 6 Rhode Island Red "laying" hens. They said that the hens were about 2.5 years old. They don't artificially extend their laying season with lights in the winter, so I expect about another year of eggs from these two girls. One of them (Lucy) started laying every other day, pretty regularly, but hasn't laid an egg in almost two weeks. The other (Clarise) hasn't laid an egg since joining our flock. Initially, I thought that Clarise might be going through a molt, as her tail feathers are a bit on the raggedy side, but we got her a month ago. She should be done molting by now, I would expect! My girlfriend voiced her suspicion that these girls are older than we were led to believe. My mother, who got the bulk of the RIRs (there were six - I took two and she four) said the exact same thing the other day. She's getting three eggs a day from her six hens. I'm thinking that maybe they are right and we got sold a bunch of old dumplin' hens. Now what do i do? I mean, we could go back to the peoples' place and say, "Hey. Those hens that you sold us aren't producing and we deserve at least a partial refund!" I mean... we paid $60 for a half-dozen laying hens... not for a half dozen stews. By this point, we've considered them laying chickens long enough that we're not going to eat them... I mean... the girlfriend already named 'em! What would YOU do?