We have 8 chickens, 2 red girls (sexlinks), 2 partridge, 2 turkens, 1 bantam EE and 1 bantam red frizzled cochin. The red girls are from our local TSC (who I believe order from Privett). The other 4 big girls are from Cackle (part of hatchery surprise) and the 2 little ones are from a personal Privett order. (All from Spring 2013) Our red girls have never stopped laying, we usually get an egg a day from them. We aren't sure who lays what on the other 4 big girls but we are getting 2 a day from them, so 4 a day total. On occasion a red girl might take a day off but for the most part they are laying machines. (they are about 6 wks older than the others so we knew what their eggs were before the others started laying). The red frizzled cochin has never laid and egg...not one. She was injured by dogs we use to have and has a 'bad wing' (it really seems to have healed) so at first we thought she wasn't laying due to the injury and now we are wondering if she just won't lay. Then, our EE...She was laying 5 eggs a week for a few months and then mid-Oct stopped, cold turkey. Did she stop due to weather? (we are in West Texas and it's not exactly cold here, even during our coldest snaps the red girls kept going). I knew they would slow down in the winter but I didn't think the EE would stop. If she did stop due to seasons, when should she start again? I want to order standard EE this year but my husband said if they're going to be free loaders during the fall/winter months I need to go with something else. I LOVE the dependability of the red girls but would like a little variety in the mix.