I have 2 female Australorp hens and today, my Lucy laid her first egg, however she laid 3. Is this normal or are these egg chicks waiting to hatch. She is not with the egg so I assume they are not chicks. Normally, how many eggs can my hens lay. My Rhode Island Red only lays one at a time, so I was surprised to see 3. A reply would help. I love this breed, they are so beautiful. Mine are shy but will answer to their names either via a whistle or calling their names. They will not let me pick them up though. Love the breed.