Does anyone know, on average, when Sicilian Buttercups and Ameraucanas begin to lay? I have a 3 pullet backyard flock consisting of an Ameraucana/EE, an Australorp, and a Sicilian Buttercup, who will all be 8 months old at Christmas. The Australorp began laying on 30 October when she was about 6 months and 1 week old. She has been a consistent layer since. At about 5 months the Buttercup started exhibiting the "stop & squat" mating behavior on occasion and she sang her "egg song" a few times, but has not begun to lay. The Ameraucana/EE has displayed no mating behavior, no singing, nor any interest in the nesting boxes. (Except when we had that earthquake during the early morning hours back in late August and she used the box to hide in.) I live in the Napa Valley of Northern California where we have rather mild winters (occasionally it gets down to 27-29 degrees, rarely less than 25 degrees), no snow, but a good amount of winter sunshine compared to many other places around the country. Any insight would be appreciated! Thanx!