When my brahma hens turned three years old back in April, I deemed them retired. Retired meaning I will no longer depend on them for eggs to supply my customers. They are welcome to live out their retirement years just being chickens. Lay eggs or not, the brahma girls are my pets. Recently the girls were made sick by improper care while we were gone on vacation. They stopped laying and some went into a forced molt. I've worked with them and all is well with my girls again. A week or two ago they started laying again at a rate I consider acceptable for 3 year old (non-production) hens; usually 6 eggs a day. Yesterday I only got one egg from them. No biggie. In the past I've noticed a cycle where about every three weeks there will be a day when one or sometimes none of them will lay. Everyone deserves a day off. Today I got 11 eggs from the brahma girls. I guess they just wanted to remind me that they will always be my best girls.