I have a few questions about my Welsh Harlequins. I have two females (Dotty and Dorsey) and one male. (Drake) They're now 5 months old. They have a lovely "coop" my husband built for them. They are now laying eggs, four so far,but doing so outside of the coop, literally on my backdoor step. I have been putting them inside one of the two nesting boxes, because I don't want to step on the eggs. All three are in and out of the coop, but nobody is sitting on the eggs. I have been told that they will sit on them once there is a clutch. I have read many articles about them, but I would like to know your personal experiences.
So, my questions are.....
1. Is it true they will lay eggs around the yard?
2. When will they lay on the eggs?
3. How long before they hatch?
4. Are they good mothers?
5. Will the drake bother the babies?
Thank you in advance for any advice.