I have two 10-month old hens. One of them gave me a few eggs in Feb. (we have a light in our coop), then stopped, and the other one gave me a few eggs in March, then nothing. Why have they stopped? They seem healthy, it's spring so they're not molting--what is it? An old farmer told me that if their combs are bright red, that means they're laying. He said that also applies to when they get older. The one that gave me eggs first has a pinkish comb, but the other one has a bright red comb, just like my older hens that are laying. I free-range my chickens, and I kept these two in the coop for a week; that's when I got one of the eggs from the one who laid in March, but then she stopped. And my other hen didn't lay anything. My husband says if they don't start laying soon, we'll have to give them a one-way ticket to the freezer. We give them layer pellets; is there anything else I can give them to get them laying? What are the symptoms if a chicken is egg-bound? How long should we wait?