I have read several different posts on these threads regarding the behavior of a pullet shortly before she lays her first egg. I have an Easter Egger that is about a month or so older than the rest of the flock. They told me when I got her she should start laying around mid/late July. Should I start seeing some pre-egg-laying behavior in the coming weeks? What should I expect? The reason I'm asking is that there are 2 little small roundish rocks in the dirt at the bottom of the chicken run. SOMEBODY in the chicken pen has placed them together somehow (not by human hands, I assure you) with some of the hay "fluffed up" around them, and I caught my EE sitting on them yesterday afternoon. I have also seen her sitting in a lowered position off and on now for about a week. In the last two days, I've started to see some of this behavior in my other chickens, as well. Of course, it could have something to do with the sudden temperature spike here in northern California. We were still getting snow in the Sierras until 2 weeks ago, so it's been an odd weather year this year. Best as I can tell, Bertha's at least a month away from her first egg, taking into account the age I was told she was when I got her. I don't think the ages I was given when I got these birds was very accurate, but I know she's not old enough to lay yet. She's an ameraucana mix, so she really doesn't have much comb to speak of, and her face/head hasn't really turned red yet. I was told she was full ameraucana and was hatched from a blue egg, so I don't really know for sure WHAT she is. She has the dark blackish feet, which leads me to believe she's an easter egger. Rest of the birds should start laying around Labor Day. I'm sure the signs will come with all my birds, but I do not really know what all those signs are. Any tips? Thanks.