I am not sure if this is the spot for this question, but here goes...I don't have any chickens yet, but plan to get chicks in the spring. I am trying to determine the best timing of it all. I understand I can't expect my fist chicks to each POL until approximately 20 weeks. So, assuming I get them late March or April I am looking at no eggs until Aug or Sept. Then, I also understand that production falls off as hours of daylight wane and cold weather sets in, so here in Ohio that would be about Nov. Am I right in assuming then that the first year of laying for my chicks will really only be at it's peak for a couple of months? Since I also read that the first two years are a hens best laying years, it seems like the first year will be a wash-out. That doesn't make sense to me. Am I figuring something wrong? Should I have planned to get my birds in the fall instead? Help! I am so confused!