I got my first egg today! It was from one of my Easter Eggers who is about 18 weeks old. Isn't that kind of young for a pullet to start laying? The reason I know it was her was I caught her right after she laid it and was still in the bushes. Earlier I saw her squatting for my Indian Runner drake! Needless to say I now have 3 nest boxes set up. Coincidentally, I read this weekend in a back issue of Backyard Poultry that starting to lay young can be one of many contributing factors to becoming egg-bound. Just wanted some opinions/experiences on whether this seems rather young for her to start. I don't know if it matters, but she is a white with lots and lots of red, including some red lacing and red barring, and even some dark brick red like the cockerals get. So maybe there is RIR/NH/Production Red in her background? Do they start laying earlier than other breeds? She is also my biggest EE. The egg is a pretty blue-green, nice hard shell and was rather ovular. It had a little bit of blood on it, is that normal? I wasn't expecting anyone to start until at least September since she and my other EE are the oldest of my flock, so good thing I started putting out oyster shell last week! Thanks for your answers.