I just got an e-mail from a lady who wants to know if I would like four RIR hens who hatched in April of 2005 who are no longer laying. I know chickens slow down as they get older, but wouldn't it be more likely that two year old hens are responding to change in weather and/or molting rather than done laying eggs "forever" as she seems to think. I really don't need more hens, but I hate to see her part with these chickens if they have just slowed down. Most of my hens are pullets, but I do have two three old bantys and one who is at least four, maybe even five, (she's a great broody) and they all do lay eggs, just not every day. Anybody with more experience care to offer an opinion/advice? Oh, crud! I should have posted this is the chicken behavior & egglaying forum! Sorry, moderators, I never seem to get it right.