My girls were hatched in early April and late May. I've been told that they will skip their molt this fall, which I assume is a good thing- ie more eggs for us. Question #1, if I start my next set of chicks in the winter will they still skip their molt the first year? It seems like it would be a good idea to start with chicks earlier so that they get into a good egg laying routine before the days get short in the fall. I just wonder if they are old enough to be good layers by fall, would they also be old enough to molt? Our current pullets that were hatched in April are pretty consistent layers. I think only 1 of the 3 hatched in late May is laying. I am wondering if they are more affected by the shortening days than the older ones. I am in So. Cal, so the days are not as short as they are in more northern locations. Question #2, Is there a chance they won't start laying at all until the days get longer again?