My Australorps are abt. 4 months old. And my EE's are abt. 3 months old and then I have a few Jersey Giants that are about 6 weeks old. So I guess I still have at least 2 months before I start getting eggs? And for water I also bought the water cups off of ebay and I am using pvc so they will not run out of water! I wrapped my pvc in pipe foam so that hopefully in the winter I won't have a problem with freezing water!