Is there any way to kickstart laying? My Lois has been laying for a week. Lovely eggs around 55-60g with a deep orange yolk. After waiting sooooo long and finally getting one of them laying, now I just want to get the others going! Lois and Eunice are RIRs nearly 9 months old - they were hatched in November - are they just late bloomers? I have two Black Australorps who are 19 weeks old and two pekins who should be starting their second season.. but nothing! It was the shortest day about 3 weeks ago I think and we are having nice sunny days with frosty starts. Is there any way to get their combs to grow and redden? This morning I caught Lois on her way to her hedge nest and put her back in the coop. she did her egg in the nest box so hopefully she will continue to lay them there now. Also, the man at the pet shop the other day when I was buying my layers pellets told me that BAs are a meat bird - and I would be lucky to get many eggs from them - this is not true is it? I heard that they are meant to be very good layers which is why I hatched that breed.