It's a bit early for chickens to quit laying, especially with our so-far very mild and warmish weather for this time of year.
In talking further with one of the health food store workers, their chickens had also molted early and are not laying much at all. She had thought this was due to not having heat/light on in the coop, but her friend's coop has light and heat and even she is having this problem.
Also, it seems an Amish family semi-locally has observed this same problem. It seems that the chickens molted not too long ago, had a little break, but now are molting yet again (and laying hardly at all).
I think I got the right details with the right people up there. At any rate, this is a strange thing to have happen to so many different flocks at the same time!
~the warmer weather and rain has led to the chickens not laying,
~the chicken feed companies are cutting back on their protein in the feed and that's causing the chickens to back off on the laying,
~or if they're doing an animal survival thing of reserving their energy for the (supposed) long winter ahead?
Just some thoughts....
Has there been an farm-fresh egg shortage in your local area?
A pic from Memory Lane....back when I had chickens...and my own eggs!