They poop a lot.
And in theory, they lay a lot of eggs. In a perfect world, we'd be getting a dozen eggs a day.
It's not a perfect world.
During the winter they take a break from laying. We used to think it had something to do with the light, but after this year, I'm pretty sure it has a lot more to do with what's available to eat. All the snow cover this year has meant slim pickings on the ground. We feed them table scraps and chicken feed, too, but they won't lay until they can scratch around in the yard and creeks a bit, too.
This blue egg is from Larkus, one of our Americaunas. Her eggs are very thin shelled and lately have had a ring of tiny bumps around the middle. It's likely that when things green up again, the bumps will go away and her eggs will be smooth again.