I hope I'm posting this in the right place. I got 30 Buff Orpington pullets from a hatchery last spring and not one of them layed an egg before they were 9 months old! They are finally laying, but I'm pretty unimpressed with the number of eggs I'm getting. Is this normal for the breed? Is it because they're hatchery stock? Could it have been the unusually hot summer we had here in central TX? I also have 8 Easter Eggers and they were laying at 16 weeks and layed right through the worst heat. They all had the exact same diet so I don't think that was the problem. They free range on our 10 acres (tons of grasshoppers!) and get lots of kitchen scraps along with layer pellets.