I was beginning to think that she was never going to lay!! I have had this lady from her hatch, and knew exactly how old she was. She started squatting about 5 days before her first egg. This picture was taken the day she started laying. She has for all practical purposes no waddle and no comb....perfect for a cold Montana winter. All my other ladies (other breeds) started laying last year...some laid all winter but this one just plugged along eating and not giving me a single gift. Now that she has started, she seems to drop her eggs where ever she is at the moment when it comes, even though all the other ladies know where the nest boxes are and use them. I find her eggs all over the yard! I have even taken to putting golf balls out there again so if she doesn't get that the other ladies are laying in the next boxes she can see some eggs. I have also taken to keeping them in the run rather than letting them free range. It is funny b/c I will see a hen racing back to the coop while the rest are heading over to the compost pile to play on the other side of the yard to lay her egg in the right place - nest box. Anyway wanted to share this picture b/c not many of us have Chantecler and info on maturity and looks are sometimes hard to come by.