About a month and a half ago we were given six "mangy" australorps from a friend who could no longer tend them. They had been pretty badly abused by the other chickens from our friends flock - they came to us skinny, with bare butts and some had no feathers on their necks. They were, however, laying eggs. For the first few days we took them into our care they laid at least 4 eggs (total) a day. These chickens had just started laying about a month (in about September) before we got them - so were going into their first winter of egg laying. They got loads of water, were on a very spacious patch of grass (before they were in a small coop, with no access to the outside world), and fed the same organic feed they had been getting prior to coming to us. We even cooked up scrambled eggs for them for protein, and added ground up cooked eggshell to their food for calcium. Then, about a week after we got them, they stopped laying. We slowly integrated them in with our 7 existing chickens and now they all peacefully co-exist. For a few weeks our original girls were still laying (this will be their second winter of laying eggs, so I'm expecting not many, if any, from them) and we found a few (very few) Australorp eggs. Now, we've got nothing! No eggs from anyone. So: help? I know winter production slows way down due to the shorter days we have, so I'm not expecting loads of eggs - but last year we got 1 or two each day from our original ladies (Barred Rocks, Buff Orphingtons and Araucanas) and am starting to get concerned about the new Australorps. We have walked their huge run in search for a different nest site, and haven't found one. I, nor my partner, have noticed any evidence of egg eating. I assumed the original reason for less egg laying was due to stress - of them being moved. But I would think by now it would be back up to (winter) snuff! We use a more complicated watering/feeding system then they came to us using - but we have added a new feeder (which they use) and make sure there is water (not frozen!) for everyone. They have already gained weight, and their new feathers have almost fully come in - they look really quite healthy now! Could their bodies still be adapting? Any other ideas why we might not be getting any eggs at all? I don't know much about the Australorp breed, so perhaps they aren't as proficient layers as our original ladies...? Thanks!