I am sure this has been answered before, but being a newbi i am looking for answers now please. I have 4 hens starting on their 21 st week, none have layed an egg yet. Yesterday afternoon i notice one acting strange. Tail down, not running for a treat, things like that. At night i put her in the hen house. It took her 3 trys to get up to roost. Well this morning when i went out to open their house up---there was a yellow wet mess on the floor of the house. Then i found what looks like a heavy brown plastic egg shape broken . I think she had her first egg while on the roost and it just dropped. I read on this forum, to put a golf ball in the nesting box so i did this morning. Why aren't they using the nesting box? Seeing it is the first egg---is it something they learn as they have more eggs?? I was so waiting for the first egg, and now this. Good news is the hen isn't sick, bad is I still don't have a egg. Any ideas?