Hello all. Thanks in advance for any help. I tried searching the archives, but way too many posts. Newbie here. 6 hens, all 18 weeks old, free range all day. At 17 weeks, found two soft shelled eggs in bottom of coop in morning. Opened up nesting boxes. I have not seen any other eggs since then. I have searched property where they gather, but have not seen. I have also been delaying the time at which I open the coop and let them out in an attempt to train them to lay in the nesting boxes in the morning. Nothing since then. I expecting too much? Is there a delay between the first egg and subsequent egg layings? Also, occasionally I hear one of the hens cackling/sqwawking quite loud for a short period, maybe 15 seconds, out in the woods. Is this an hen laying an egg? Do they make a noise? I think I know which have layed the egg by their squatting behavior. Another hen is seriously red in the face, so she appears "due"? Thanks for any advice.