I picked up 14 production reds last week Monday. The guy I Bought them from said that they had all come into their eggs and they were between 8 and 11 months old. They were also beginning to molt. He had 100+ running around his yard, and I got the last full feathered ones. (maybe a mistake, as they had not begun to molt yet). I have had chickens in the past, about 2 years ago, and they started laying the day after I brought them home. Granted, they were older, and I did not haul them nearly as far. I hauled these latest ones in the back of my pickup in pet carriers for around an hour on the highway. I put them in the same coop, and laid down straw and gave them plenty of food and water. The last time I had chickens, I didn't have much money to buy chicken feed, so I fed them some calf feed that we had ground up. It consisted of about 60% ground oats, 35% corn and 5% protein. They did just great on that feed, and it was some we already had laying around. Since it worked so well last time, I decided to try it again. The guy I bought the chickens from this time told me he had been feeding them purina layena, but I switched them to calf feed (the same, but with alfalfa hay mixed in, and no protein.) They ate it up like candy, but I wondered if there was too little protein. I decided to mix in some purina layena to add some protein, and they seem to like it the same. It has been a week since I got these and I'm starting to get discouraged. They are just starting to molt now, but are not looking too bad yet. I was wondering why they still aren't laying yet, so I put some boughten eggs in their nesting boxes like I've read about on here. Much to my dismay, when I returned home tonight, I only found a little tiny bit of 2 of the eggs, the rest had been pecked and eaten. Please help, I could really use any ideas you guys have!