I apologize if this has been covered already. I've searched the forums and can't find an answer to my question. I know that winter slows down egg production in chickens - they need the 14 hours of daylight to produce well, etc. Does the winter darkness also delay the onset of laying? We have 3 Rhode Island Reds that are almost 22 weeks old, and none of them are laying yet. I've read a lot of postings where other people's RIRs have been laying at 19 or 20 weeks. Our girls' combs are still small and pink, which I've read is a sign that they're not mature enough to lay yet. Is this true? Also, if they are not laying (but are 22 weeks old), should I be feeding them layer pellets, or starter pellets? We've been feeding them layer pellets for the last two weeks. Thanks so much!