Hello, I'm new to chickens and new to the forum. I can't thank you all enough for the wonderful info off the forum it has helped me through this far but now I'm stumped. I purchased baby chicks the first week in April, Black Australorp, Barred Rock and Red Sex links. Five weeks later I added Buff Orp. and Silver laced Wyandottes. So I total 16 chickens now. I have looked for all the signs of them getting ready to lay but still have no eggs. I'm wondering if they are ever going to lay. Their wattles and combs have been bright red for some time now. Not sure what the squat is everyone talks about, but they have been hanging out in the coop more and using the nesting boxes. I have put ping pong balls in the nest box as been suggested. I cleaned out the coop since I use the deep litter method looking for signs of eggs --None. I feed 16% layer crumbles, 1-2 times a week scratch, and plenty of water. No signs of illness. I lost 1 one 5 weeks ago, but I believe that was an isolated incident because I have not seen any problems with the others. Is it possible the are all later bloomers, or am I not patient enough. I just love being a chicken mama and can't wait for my hard work to pay off and have eggs to enjoy! Any other ideas or help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!