Help me out here please.... I have a flock of assorted girls, Americana, Golden Seabright, Buff Orpington, Wellsumer, Brahma, Australorp, etc., 8 girls in all. They all hatched in Sept 2011 and were great layers until Sep 2013 when they all stopped. I had given up and assumed I had a flock in full retirement, when on 01 Jan (Happy New Year!) I found an egg in a nesting box, and since then I have determined at least 4 of the girls are laying as I have come across blue, buff, cream and bantam eggs. Is this normal for them to take a few months off? I live in Central Texas and the weather in Sept was still long sun hours and quite warm and they started back in Jan ,when, not like it was Spring time with long sunny warm days then. My girls are all the same age (delivered here in the same order) but they are all different breeds. Any insight?