Hey all, I got 10 production red hens 6 weeks ago that I was told were 14 months old. No biggie, not looking for egg machines here. 2 days after I got them I noticed feathers missing and pin feathers coming in around their necks and backs. Asked BYC and found out they were molting. (Thx BYC!) So not expecting anything egg wise until sometime in July. Cool...have just been planning on waiting it out and enjoying how sweet and fun they are. In the last 6 weeks I have gotten a dozen eggs from them. Very surprised as I didn't think they would lay anything at all. But I saved the eggs and when I had enough to cook I decided to make them for breakfast today. Big icky surprise. The shells were on the thin side. The yolk was so pale it was lighter than a store bought egg. And the whites were just plain runny. When I mixed them up to scramble them, it was a pale icky frothy mess. No one wanted me to cook them. I did anyway thinking maybe I would just give them to the hens. They came out practically off white. Nearly no yellow color and just looked unappetizing. The hens inhaled them and didn't seem to care. Here's a bit of how their environment is: 20'X23' enclosed run, 6'X8' coop with 2 nesting boxes with open door, wired meshed windows on one side and at roof peak, free range an acre of yeard on weekends, eat 16% layer crumbles, free choice oyster shells, BOSS as daily treats, yogurt, fruit, veggies, and oatmeal as treats about avery 3rd day. I do the deep litter method using pine shavings and DE. Access to fresh water 24/7. Birds don't act sick and are very friendly and active. No laying around much until the heat of the day. They are almost completely in shade no matter the time of day. I contacted the woman I got them from and she told me that until I got them from her they had never been outside. WHAT? How is that possible?? She had originally told me she was getting out of the chicken business and concentrating on emus and when I went and picked them up from her she had a really nice large coop and about 150 other production reds that she was selling. All looked clean and healthy. Then this week I notice she has another ad for 300 more hens. Seriously? Where is she getting these hens? Sorry for the long post, but my DH is fed up and wanting me to get rid of them and start over with younger hens. But I love each and every one of them and am sad at the thought of getting rid of them. I don't care if they aren't heavy layers, but DH wants them to at least contribute a bit to the family. What do you think guys? Will they come around? If you think their egg will get better with time I will fight to keep them. They are just so sweet. any advice, information, help appreciated!