OK...I am chicken "eggnorant" These guys and gals have free ranged for the last 18 months. Strays that showed up one day after a neighbor moved out ~ "wild things" as I can't touch them or get too close. I was told when I first joined that they are Golden Duckwings and Black Breasted Reds. I take that these hens are not daily egg layers? They seem to only lay eggs a couple of times a year in which they disappear (only coming back every few days for a quick scratch feed treat) and then back to their nest... which are in the wooded area beside our house, so I have no idea where they nest. In another week or so two of the hens will come waddling out one day with little ones behind her. Is it the breed or is it because they free range with no egg laying supplements added to their diet. Are some breeds like dogs in the sense they go in "heat" a couple of times a year...other than that they don't lay? Thanks everyone!