I bought 20 chicks around mid may. I wasn't really thinking that i wanted them for egg; I just wanted some chicks to play with. As i get more into it, I thought to myself might as well get some eggss while i'm at it. My question is when is the best time to buy chicks to maximize eggs production. I have read that they're best productive when the hens are one year old. I bought my around may-june so i think they won't be laying this year. will they still be laying at their best next year? Would it be better if I bought chicks around october so they will be ready to lay as soon as spring/summer start. Since they need 15 hours of day light to lay eggs.