i got 3 hens 5 days ago and they havnt started laying yet... so im wondering how long it might take? i got these hens from a guy i know.. and they havnt been treated well... they havnt been let out of their cage at all, given no scraps to eat, just poor quality seed mixed with some laying pellets... and i think they are a bit traumatized. the hens are very resistant to people, the biggest is the most open, but very rarely lets you pick her up.. the other 2 just run from me and my family. anyway... they are getting treated a lot better now... being let out of the coop lots, getting fed scraps and a good organic mix of seed and pellets. i just dont know how long they will take to settle in or how long it will take them to relax around people and become more tame.