Hello, I'm new to BYC and newly back into the world of chickens! I have 10 princesses who free range in my yard (they would always get out of the smaller enclosure, so I just gave in and they are quite content with the entire yard.) They are all around 20 weeks old and 4 have been singing the egg song for 2 weeks now. I have rushed to a window or outside to check if there is an egg when I hear them singing, but I have yet to see one. I know it can take much longer for some hens to start laying but I would think at least Jasmine, my wyandotte, would have started laying by now. She has been showing signs of being ready to lay for almost a month now. I've seen one Wellsummer try to make a nest on the ground while singing the egg song, same thing with one ameracauna, buff orpington seems to LOVE singing too. They have food always available to them. I used to give them lay scratch but changed to lay crumbles after realizing they are eating their feathers is a sign of protein deficiency, they still occasionally eat feathers but not with as much lust in their eyes. Though they are free range, my yard is mostly just dirt as I live on the edge of a desert. I'm concerned that they were curious when the first egg was laid if it was delicious and they ate it. Is there a way to figure out if they are laying yet other than just sticking my finger up their vents? I was thinking quarantine one in my rabbit's hutch overnight (rabbit would then get a night indoors) or for a day and see if I find any traces of egg. I tried the quarantine with Ariel, the loud wellsummer who had been trying to nest on my patio table, but there were no results. I could try it with a different hen but I'm unsure if I will get better results and I am worried it would stress the hen out being away from her flock. tl;dr hens are 20 weeks old, been singing egg song for 2 weeks. still havent found an egg. they eat everything in sight, I'm worried they've been eating their eggs too. How can I tell? help?