Hi fellow chicken people! I have six hens, purchased from my local feed store the end of February this year (2017). Two of each breed: Welsummers (Vera and Vergie), Salmon Faverolles (Fanny and Pluma), and Easter Eggers (Thelma and Louise). My two Welsummer girls, Vera and Vergie, were the first to lay at just 20 weeks and 4 days old! One of my Salmon Faverolle's, Fanny, laid her first egg when she was 21 weeks 3 days. And amazingly, Fanny has just laid an egg NINE in a row! One of the Easter Eggers, Thelma, started laying beautiful pastel mint green eggs when she was 21 weeks 5 days. This is my first experience with my own chickens. As a kid I chased my grandmother's chickens, but other than that, no knowledge of chickens. I turned to this forum to get answers to many of my questions before ever getting the chickens. Thank you to all of you out there sharing your chicken experiences! I also have three small rescue dogs - not allowed to go into the chicken yard.