So I have 5 Buff Orpington Hens, age 19 weeks. Got quite a surprise this morning, it seems that two of them had started laying already. Curious!!! :/ Is this normal??? With a majority of what I've read, it seems that they shouldn't start laying until around 24 weeks. Should I be concerned or just lucky?? . I also have three others (B.O.) now 16 weeks, all were suppose to be females, just found out this weekend that one discovered that she is in fact a "he", we now have a Rooster. Yes, he started crowing and doing his dance strut around the girlies. Would this have anything to do with girls laying so early??? If you get what I'm trying to say. . Oh, by the way, one of the girls was laying on her egg, so it appears her natural instinct told her what she should be doing, broke my heart to have to take away from her as she started looking for it, but I'm not looking for any more babies right now... I would like to read any input on this subject, as I am still quite new to this..... Thanks.