My girls are all 19 weeks old this wednesday and have been out with Hoss for months. Yesterday was the first time the old guy got lucky and bred one of the Black Australorps, Rue. Woot, Hoss!!!! Usually he does his chicken dance manuever, wings down, two stepping and dosy doe'ing and the girls ignore him or run away screaming. He has never forced his attentions on any of them. I had noticed him and Rue a few days ago doing this little circle dance but nothing else happened then. Yesterday was a different story. He did his dance moves and then grabbed her feathers at the back of her neck and Voila! He was very mannerly with her, no screaming from her and after he got off her back, she placidly followed him around. Awww! So my question to ALL YOU EGG-SPERTS is this. How soon after this sign of maturity can I expect any of the ladies to grace me with the gift of the EGG? And I do understand that I do NOT NEED Hoss-en-feffer in order to get eggs. I am taking this mating as a sign of coming of age. My little Rue is a women-chicken.