I have three golden comets, Patience, Hope and Joy. Last week, at exactly 16 weeks of age, Hope laid her first egg - yay! Yesterday afternoon I had moved the girls out into their chicken tractor on the grass which we do most afternoons when the weather is agreeable. I was working around the tractor when I realized that Patience was in a tizzy, running back and forth at the door. Looking over a few minutes later and she seemed in a complete panic, desperate to get out of the tractor. The other hens were just doing their thing and ignoring her, but she was in obvious distress. At this point she hadn't even squatted once, though her comb and wattles were looking pretty full. But as they're all the same age I'm on alert. So I opened the door and she practically flew into my arms. When I picked her up she actually laid her head against my shoulder, something she's never done before. I placed her in the coop and she shot straight into a nest box -- 20 minutes later there was her first egg! I'm so glad I was there at the time -- and I assume if I hadn't been there she would have laid her egg in the grass -- but I was really surprised at how badly she wanted to be in the coop to lay. I think we will keep them in the coop/run this week while the new laying routine gets established. Joy still has small and pale comb and wattles so may be a late bloomer, but I'm staying on alert.