Hi all. Ok so it was this past Tuesday that I was taken aback to find a egg in the chicken coop when I went to let out my 2 pullets. Originally I'd had 4 & I believe the 2 the bear ate were my roos. I had 2 Barred Rocks 1 of which had just started crowing & was proud to show off his new found voice. The other 2 are Black Austrolorps and I hadn't "seen" him crow but there was no denying he was a he. Anyway the 2 hens had been spared but were truamatized for at least several days & it was exactly 1 week later I'd found this egg. I read that the Black Austrolorps mature early but an egg at 10 wks? And of course I don't at all know that it was the black Austrolorp & could very well have been the Barred Rock. I know at the start the egg laying is sporatic and I haven't seen anything since. I thought maybe if I brought this here some of you all could help to shine some light &/or their experiences with these breeds and their egg laying?