I have a mixture of BO and EE's mostly, with one Speckled Sussex. I got the first batch in 2009 so they are about 2-1/2 years old now. 12 hens, 6 BO, 5 EE and 1 SS. I got some more in 2010, in two separate batches, Spring and Fall - total 8 EE and 1 BO from these two batches. So my mature "laying" hens total 21. I have been getting ZERO eggs for a long time, just recently started getting 3-4 a day again, most of them green so it's the EE's who are laying. I see mostly my newest EE's going into the boxes to lay, at least when I catch someone in the box it seems like it's mostly them. So basically all of my BO's are not laying for almost 3 months now, I think. They all did molt but they are WELL past that and all fully feathered in, looking good. I did feed some extra protein now and then while they were molting, not every day but occasionally. I chose BO's because they are "dual purpose" birds, but I intended to keep them laying for as long as possible before having to get rid of slackers. I knew that hens lay "the best" in their first two years, usually "an egg a day most days", and then production can drop off some. I had heard that RIR lay like CRAZY the first couple of years and then stop, so I got the BO's and EE's because I didn't want to be into production mode of having to raise new chicks every year or two and replace my older layers (who would only be 2 years old!!!!!). But it seems like my BO's are done, at least the 2-1/2 year old ones. I get ONE brown egg about every 8-10 days lately, and I think it's from the Spring 2010 BO. Are my 2-1/2 year old hens DONE??? I feed them standard laying pellets, try to keep oyster shell grit available (sometimes I don't keep it full but usually there is some). I also feed them occasional treats of leaves/greens because they can't really free range. But 90+% of what they eat is regular chicken food, not table scraps or stale bread, but commercially-formulated regular LAYING PELLETS. Any ideas? PLEASE SOMEONE TELL ME - am I just going through a long molt and need to be patient, or ARE THEY DONE? I don't wanna whack my older girls but I can't afford to feed them if they will never lay again!!!!!