Egg laying rates fluctuate with the seasons. Mature birds lay fewer eggs as the days get shorter, and most lay almost no eggs while they’re molting in late fall / early winter.
Knowing this, and not wanting a repeat of last winter when — gasp! — we bought eggs at the store, we tried to time this year’s new birds so that they’d start laying around the time the old birds were producing less. This year’s new layers were hatched in the first week of June, so we should start seeing eggs in late October or the first part of November.
It’s certainly too soon to panic, but I’m wondering our timing might have been slightly off. Our egg rate has started to drop from its warm season plateau, and we have weeks of shortening days to go before we’ll have steady laying from the new girls.
For kicks, I plotted our daily egg data since mid-Jan. against hours of sunlight. You can certainly see a broad correlation.