Next week it will have been one year since my Black Australorp hens began laying. This summer they have had a lot to contend with, including roosters maturing within their pen, and the ruckus of that scenerio. Then they all began laying well, again, and all was normal. Now, I have one broody, so obviously she isn't laying, and one who may be molting, so I can see her not laying much (these things are as expected), But the other 4 are laying 1 or 2 a day, with no sign of molt from the rest. They have been known to give me between 2 and 4 eggs a day (from 4) normally. I know my broody is an egg-a-day layer when she isn't broody. Mathilda, my molter was also a good layer. Could it be the other four have been the slackers all along??? Shameful! Is it time for their production to be falling off, already, age-wise? I was hoping to keep them all another year (til this time next year), but I can't possibly afford to feed 4 of them for another year for 1 egg a day. Could it be the time of year? They have the same amount of light all year long, so I am certain it isn't that. Any ideas? Thanks as always!