OK, my three girls are now about 21 weeks old, so I'm waiting with bated breath for the first egg to appear. I opened the nest boxes, and put some golf balls in, so hopefully, they'll get the idea. They all look mature enough now. Our "alpha" pullet, Rhody the RIR, has started a strange behavior. She's always been the friendliest, and the most likely to tolerate being picked up. However, whenever my husband is out there, she comes up and starts pecking on him - his shoes, his pants, whatever she can get. She even gently bit his arm the other day (not pecked, BIT). I am starting to think she may consider him the "rooster" of the family! All three of them are much likelier to come up to us, but it seems like it's just a Pavolovian thing, since we usually have treats. Still, as soon as they see us come into the backyard from their tractor, they start "talking" to us - they're very much louder than before. Still, though - no eggs yet. Thoughts?