We ordered last year from McMurray and this year from Meyer b/c they are closer and cheaper. However, the chicks this year seem very slow to start to lay, and lay fewer and smaller eggs. This is despite a mix of hens that's more geared to laying this year--more RIR and leghorns, fewer dual-purpose breeds. In fact, we got some pearl white leghorns for the first time this year, and they are laying a small egg every third day. Seems crazy to me. I keep a log, and last year, with 25 hens 3 weeks younger than these, I was getting 23-25 eggs a day. This year I am lucky to get 16. Has anyone else noticed this? I plan to test the theory by ordering from MMM next year but am interested in other people's experiences.