After reading some on Feeding Your Chickens for Cheap and the Old Timers thread am I understanding that getting meat waste from my deer processor friend and/or feeding my chickens cat food is actually better for them than laying pellets? I have 18 hens and 1 rooster. 13 of the hens are 20-25 weeks old. The other 5 are older - I bought from feed store but 3 of them haven't laid eggs since they starting molting this summer. How long should I wait before killing them - I would think that 3 months of no eggs from them would mean they are older than I thought and done laying? And my younger ones, a couple have started laying but I'm not sure which ones yet, and only two new eggs that I've noticed. They free range all day but still eat laying pellets, scratch, leftover pasta and breads and the occassional night crawlers I bring home. Just wondering when I'll get enough eggs to sell to my friends who have been asking - I thought with 18 layers I'd be getting at least a dozen a day by now.