That my question, I am already planning on what kind of chickens I want to hatch in the early spring. I feel like I have been waiting for my buffs to start laying FOREVER. What breed starts to lay the early? I have 36 hens and half of them are molting and the others have not started to lay yet. I am only getting 2 eggs a day. I am just trying to plan a little better for next year. My poor EEs look so bad, I am going to be making coats for them.