I am in Plum Grove, TX and just got my first chicken coop as an adult about a month ago. We have a mixture of breeds. We started with 6 hens that we were told were 11 months old. We have lost 2 of them for unknown reasons. None have laid any eggs even though we have laying boxes for them. We picked up 2 fake eggs to put in the boxes today and are hopeful they will find them and get the idea. ;-)
They have finally settled down enough to start chattering at us when we are outside to feed. I enjoy this immensely.
Are there any signs we can look for to determine if they are ever going to start laying?