I traded for 3 Cuckoo Maran pullets at point-of-lay and a rooster. I put them in a 6x8 dog kennel for quarantine. Next morning there is a egg shell in the pen. My first fear was I had bought egg eaters. A couple of hours later there was another egg in the pen, intact, big relief! I was thinking maybe the first egg was trampled on as it was up against the fence. I made them a nice elevated nest box in case they did not want to use the temporary igloo dog house. Days, weeks, a MONTH goes by.... nothing! They are now in "general population" and I would know if they were laying! The eggs are vastly different than the average brown eggs my other girls lay. That one lovely, perfect egg, was a deep chocolate brown and still holds a place of honor in the fridge! (You can look but don't eat!) I know a 3 hour car ride can stress a bird, but for a month? These girls were just beginning to lay when I got them according to the previous owner. Please somebody tell me this has happened to them, too.