I have to buy eggs. My chickens have not laid one egg in 3 weeks now. I know most are molting as the chicken house is loaded with feathers I have to get out. Usually when they molt a few still lay but not this time. I do have a few older hens but we've done pretty good at keeping new hens coming along so I don't know what is the problem. We've had White Rocks all this time.
I just ordered some Dominiques. I am going to try them and phase out the White Rocks. I was really leaning towards Rhode Island Reds but after I read that the roosters can be aggressive I decided on the Dominiques. Nothing makes me madder than to have a rooster spur the backs of my legs.
A long time ago we raised chickens when the kids were young. We got a free "exotic" chicken with a shipment of day old chicks. It turned out to be an Egyptian rooster. That was the meanest chicken I have ever dealt with. He wouldn't stay in a pen no matter how much you trimmed a wing. We always had to be on the lookout for that mean rooster. It never failed if I had my back turned he was going to get me or my younger son. We seemed to be the only two he lived to spur. I came in from work one day and saw him lying dead in the horse pen. Our mare Goldie had stomped him to death. I guess he spurred the wrong animal that day. That was one time I was not sorry to lose a barnyard animal!