My partridge chanteclers were hatched on 17 June 2009. On 19 November 2009 I went into the cold coop and found my first eggs. They laid two that day and one the next. This puts their laying at exactly 23 weeks!! I ordered standard sized chanteclers from the hatchery, however these hens aren't much larger than a big bantam hen. What gives? I was expecting them to grow to at least 5 lbs live weight and more...... Are they particularly slow growing? It's funny too because we had a cold spat of -15 on Thursday here in Alaska, and I keep my flock in an unheated coop with straw, food, water, and a light. It was still subzero in there and they've all done fine as expected. I'm going out tomorrow to pick up some more straw bales to insulate the walls. Does this sound like typical behavior for partridge chanteclers? I've still got 47 of them out of the original 50. 38 hens and 9 roos. Methinks the 3 chick losses were from congenital defects.