My BR's are 19 (ish) weeks old and closing in on starting to pay their rent. I have read on here about the girls getting red as laying gets closer. My 4 gals get red, but not all the time, more like a blush when they are doing something they are intense or excited about. My question is this: Is the red the hens get when they get close to laying a permanent red, or is it a passing red as I am seeing? I have watched for the other signs like squatting & egg song and have noticed none of these. I am not trying to will them to lay eggs, I am just not real sure on their age and want to know what I am looking for. Here are a couple of the girls. I took these 2 days ago. This one was just sitting on my chair with me, but maybe a little nervous with me sitting there also: This one was just hanging around near me. This is Dave the Rooster. He is ready for them to be mature.