Well I think I have successfully ticked off my chickens. Let me start from the beginning. I have about 22 chickens some EE and some RIR and some sex-links. They are all of laying age and have been laying fine. They slowed down when it got really hot here, which was a first for me, but other then that lay well. They live in an A frame chicken coop and I will let them out to free-range sometimes. The coop square footage to chicken ratio is ideal. I researched it before buying more chickens. Here comes the problem, my grandparents bought me 18 more chickens!! They asked over and over again if I wanted more chickens, because they knew someone selling sex-links for a dollar each, my grandma can't pass up a good deal. Anyway I kept telling them "no!" the chicken to square foot ratio is just just where it needs to be anymore chickens would be too many. Anyway long story short I now have 18 sex-links added to my coop! They are about 5 months old,but are not laying yet. In fact I'm only getting 1 egg a day now!!! What is going on?! Are my old chickens mad are have quit laying, is it too crowded? Okay I know it is too crowded , but will that cause them to stop laying? I'm really frustrated! I got chickens because I enjoy having them and sell the eggs for extra cash. But right now I have about 40 chickens sitting in my back yard eating loads of food and only getting one egg per day HELP PLEASE!!!