my chickens layed for about five months (started january-ish) and have now started molting again. their third molt. their last molt lasted about five months, then they took two months off just standing around eating. seven months of dink-doinking around. I have three orpingtons and two australorps. one of the big orps layed about four eggs since last her molt and is now the first to start dropping feathers. four eggs. the rest have since shut down production and i am finding everyones feathers around the run. even when they were laying i only averaged about six eggs a week. this seems like too much molting and not enough egg laying. i bought some heavies thinking that i'd get some egg production, but this seems ridiculous. no? thinking of moving on to red stars. these are the only chickens that i own, so i need a little perspective here. thanks.