My family and I are new to backyard chickens. Our daughter received six two week old chickens at the beginning of March (2013) from her grandparents with the expectation we would have some loss but fortunately she is a proud parent of two Leghorns, two Rhode Island Reds, and two Plymouth Rocks. So quite unexpectedly the Leghorns and the Rocks started laying. We were under the impression we still had a little time. The chickens have a nice little coop that I have built and their own good sized run. We also let them in the backyard in the evenings or during the day if we are around. In the past week we were getting four eggs a day and then in the past couple of days it dropped to two. They are laying in the nesting boxes in the coop but I have gotten nervous that they are laying elsewhere. I have searched their run thoroughly but I have not found any stray eggs. Upon doing some reading it sounds like their laying habits can vary. What is a proper expectation for laying? I also wanted to know when I can expect the Reds to start laying as well. Any help appreciated. Thank you, Allen.