Well my two hens started laying eggs over the weekend. They are both 7 months old and I've been waiting very patiently. I thought the first eggs would be small and soft shelled. However, they were medium/large and the shells were very thick. Does anyone else have experience on late starters? Do later boomers equal longer/better layers or is it completely random. Is 7 months a long time as I suspect? They are barred rocks.