Okay so, our first ever chickens are getting close to laying. We have 1 about 20 weeks (a hen without question), 4 about 17 weeks (all are suspected cockerels), and 6 about 14 weeks (1 possible cockerel, the rest hens). Some of the hens are getting red in the face, though their combs aren't growing much yet. The 20 week old looks to be a RIR or something similar. The 14 week hens are black sex links. So here are my questions: Our chickens free range (no enclosure or fencing at all). How do I know when they start laying? What if they don't lay in the coop but in the flower beds, gardens or woods? is there a way to convince them to lay in the coop? Our permanent nesting boxes aren't built yet, but I put a bin in the corner of the coop with some bedding in it. Thanks for all the help.