I'm SO excited! Our flock is 19 weeks old, and for the past 3 days, one of the leghorns has laid an egg each day! She laid the first one at the door of their coop (their coop is only temporary, it's an old shed) on Thursday. Then Friday she laid one around the corner of the building. So, I padded the nesting boxes with shredded paper and I laid one of her eggs in each box. Today she laid in the nest box! But she had taken the "cold" egg (Thursday's) and tucked it under the mat we have at the bottom. Today I added pine chips on top of the shredded paper and left two in that box and yesterday's in the other. So I have a question for anyone who might care to comment: How long should I leave the eggs in the nests? I have at least 15 other hens (I say at least because there are still a couple we aren't sure about) and none of them are laying yet, though I think a few are "singing" and may start any day now! I'm not sure if leaving the eggs in there is a good practice or not? We are more concerned about having them lay in the nesting boxes than we are eager to eat the eggs right now, so that's why we have left them out there for now. This is so much more fun than I ever could have imagined it to be! We just love those birds so much! BTW, as a side note, the one laying wasn't even meant to still be here! I ordered specific chicks and then decided on the "rainbow layer assortment" from McMurray. We had planned to sell off the "extras" from the order locally, but they're pets now and that's just not gonna happen! I even named all of the leghorns "Betty" because they weren't supposed to be kept beyond a few weeks 'till out of the brooder...and she's the first to lay, go figure!