I just started raising chickens since Feb. of this year so I am new to chickens and this forum. Here's my question.... My 16 week old Buff O. laid and egg two days ago. It was quite obvious because she was making lots of racket and searching out a place. Well, this went on for an hour or so and when I noticed she was back in the run and being quiet again, I went into the coop ( run is attached to coop ) and there was the most perfect small brown egg in the nesting box. Needless to say I was delighted. Yesterday morning she started the same behavior and we had to be at a neighbors for breakfast so I couldn't stay. When we returned I was sure I would find an egg.........NOT. Today the same thing......laying behavior and no egg. Callie....my California White was laying in a nesting box next to Buffy cackling like crazy. I thought I might even have two eggs.....but nothing. Is this normal? Will my other hens start laying if one starts laying on a regular basis?