I have three beautiful Orpingtons and one is definitely the lead chicken, however, she is the only one that hasn't stared laying! The smallest girl started about a mont ago and the second one about a week later. But Penelope still hasn't. Also, when her buddy Betty is in the nest, Penelope wanders around the yard squacking until Betty makes her "announcement" and finally joins her. I guess my question is: if they're the same age, shouldn't Penelope be laying by now? Also, is she really missing Betty?