We bought 3 chicks last spring. All three matured and were laying for a few months, then we had a suspicion one had stopped or slowed down but could never figure out which it was since all appeared healthy . We lost two of the girls in the winter to a hawk when none were laying. So now it's May here in sunny So. Cal. and we have added two five-month-old pullets to our remaining hen about four weeks ago. She's still not laying, we've dewormed her and sprayed her and the coop for mites just in case. She looks healthy, is the bully of the flock, talks constantly like she has just layed an egg and occasionally crows. My husband wants to make soup of her; which we agreed we would do when we chose to keep chickens. I want to be sure we've given her enough time. I hate the idea of killing a bird that should be in the prime of her laying years.