Our Buff Orp layed the first egg yesterday late afternoon (sometime between 3-4pm)! From our first flock! Exciting times! Though, i do have some questions for y'all.... Well, we actually found the first egg on the ground...crushed. We aren't sure who laid it (we have 3 buffs, 2 rir, & 1 barred rock hen...& 1 silki rooster - not him, of course ) It was close to our house that we found the egg, where we usually feed the chickens & cats. No cackling happened there. We wonder if a dog or cat got the egg before us & brought it there? None of the hens were interested in it. But then later in the afternoon when the hen cackled in the coop, we checked & she laid our first retrievable egg. We only know of her laying & it was in a nesting box. Is it possible it's only 1 laying & she laid twice in one day? It looked a lot like the same egg we collected that was crushed. Do you think she laid outside or another hen laid outside... or an animal went in the coop & got it? Anyone experience anything similar? We check for eggs daily since they are at the laying age...now 21 weeks old. No cackling or laying today though. & i cleaned the coop extra today (ususually clean once a week...but cleaned twice this week) & moved their water & food into the coop now. They are free-ranged chickens btw.