I just went out to make sure everyone got back into the coop for the night and locked up safe. I have two sex links that are 22 weeks old but have not seen eggs yet. I bent down to pick up one of the hens and she did a "squat" and her vent kind of bubbled out!!?? The other hen did not do this. Am I getting close to an egg? Should I check the yard for an egg? ****~~~~UPDATE~~~~**** I left the house early this morning and left the chickens in the coop But when I got home I let them out through the chicken door. When I opened my door to the coop to check water, food, and so forth guess what was sitting on the floor of the coop. FIRST EGG! FIRST EGG! I now wonder if she has been laying them while free ranging? Should I keep them confine to the coop and run area's for the next couple of days or let her figure things out on her own? After I took the egg she did seem to be looking around in the coop for it. Had a nice plastic replacement in the nest box!