I have a Red Star that is about 21 months old (she'll be two in November). Around the beginning of the year her laying dropped from one a day to one every other day, and then to one every couple of days, etc., until she stopped completely towards the middle of spring. Her eggs went from strong and hard as a rock to thin and.. weird. The last "egg" she laid was just a soft, empty membrane. Once in a while I'll see her jump in the nest box and act like she's going to lay, but then she eventually hops down and leaves nothing behind. Currently I have only one chicken that's laying out of four hens- the other two are molting and then I have my Red Star. I keep giving her "excuses" over why she hasn't started laying again, like it being too hot (lost two to heat stroke this year ), or too rainy, or whatever, but something about the way she just gradually stopped laying and those weird eggs really bugs me. I'm left to believe that she's simply burned out. I know it's not unheard of for a sex link to burn out at about age two, but typically the ones that burn out that quickly are battery hens, and, gee, what a surprise, right? However my lil lady lives a pretty cushy life in comparison to a battery hen, so that plants a seed of doubt in my head. Maybe it really is just the weather and once nice, dry autumn arrives she'll start back up. And I hope for her sake she does, because my gumbo pot is a callin if you know what I mean. And if she's randomly jumping in the nest box to lay that means she's feeling the urge, right? That's got to mean something. I don't imagine chickens ever feel nostalgic and jump in a nest box for the heck of it just to remember the good ole days. So can anyone give me any other reasons why a red star, that's in visibly great health, would just stop laying completely for nearly six months? I just don't know what to think about all of this.