OK, I just read this on the FAQ thread: "As to the light question, the hens need about 14 hours of natural light for the best egg production. I think giving them a little skylight (if they have a place in the shade) is a neat idea; they'd probably love it. They actually like to have their nests in dark, out-of-the-way places, though... so maybe the skylight could be over their feeder/waterer, while their nesting area could be in the dark to encourage them to lay and to prevent egg eating." We have 18 week old chickens (12). I am not sure of the breed, I believe they are just mixed breeds that FIL got us. We haven't gotten ANY eggs yet. We do have baskets set up for them to lay in. However, after reading this, I have realized that their baskets are not in a dark place, but rather a VERY lite place. Do you think this is affecting them to start laying? I am getting impatient for eggs. (I don't even eat eggs, but the other 3 in this house does, LOL) Another question: We have a rooster, had two, got rid of one...How will I know if they are breeding? Is there a way to tell if there are eggs inside my chickens?? I feel silly asking these questions, but I couldn't find anything after search this site, and the net. Thanks so much for reading all this! PS-We let our chickens free range during the day, so they are pretty darn happy chickens!