back in june my friend and I ordered 21 chicks each, same breed, same hatchery, hatch date, well you get the idea. Mine started laying Sept 23. and she told me her weren't. Going by what I read I told her that all hens mature at different times. But then today I went to go help her with something and I went into her coop and I was baffled when I saw her chickens they look small as if they were still about 8 to 10 weeks old, they are also skinny and have super small wattles and combs, their feathers don't look very good either but they are not molting. My chickens are big and their wattles and combs are pretty large and super red. Their feathers are shiny and overall my chickens are quite beautiful birds. So I told her how my chickens differed from hers and she came back to my house with me and saw for herself. We are kind of baffled by this?? I went through a list with her of the things we did from day 1 to now, I fed mine starter, grower and now layer for the specified amount of weeks. Provided them with heat accordingly etc... she fed hers grower for 30 days and then when she got 6 layers put them all on layer pellets, she put her babies form day one in the barn with no heat. She feeds her chickens, 26 in all 2 cups in the morning and 2 cups at night. Could her chickens not be getting enough food and that is why they are not growing like they should? or did feeding them layer pellets at 1 month of age mess them up? I am asking these questions for her, as she doe snot have internet way out where she lives.