Help! Last weekend we got a call from our neighbors who decided that their seven chickens were too expensive to keep. Of the seven chickens only one was laying an egg every other day (we were told). Since we have had so much fun with our Little Ladies, who are only 3 months old, we jumped at the opportunity to have older chickens. What we got that weekend was 3 (we think 8 months old) Austrolops (sp?) and 4 Leghorns (we think 4 months). Included in the deal we acquired the re-purposed plastic playhouse turned coop. We discovered they only had 2 nesting boxes. My husband quickly built 4 more that weekend. Since we have acquired them we have had exactly 1 egg-Aug. 11,2010 Changes we have made from previous owners 1. Better quality food-changed from 90% compost forage with 10% "scratch." 2. Better access to water and fresh daily-changed from duck pond water 3. Four more nesting boxes-added to the original 2. 4. Large free range yard.... The Austrolops like to roost while the Leghorns crowd into one nesting box. We have looked around the yard for hidden eggs and have found none. Given that: 1. When do they normally lay? 2. Age and time of day of laying? 3. Frequency? From what I am have read in BYC and other sources, I am theorizing that the coop maybe to small and not dark enough and the "Older Seven" are actually too immature to lay eggs...yet. In the meantime, the Little Ladies are growing just fine, but are no where ready to lay eggs yet. The Little Ladies are 2 Americaunas, 2 RIR and 1 Leghorn/Barred Rock mix. They are only 3 months old. They still "peep" instead of "bawked." Yes, the two "flocks" are kept separately. Ideas/Theories/ Comments/Re-directions muchly appreciated Signed, The Newbie!!!! P.S. The Vikings didn't have chickens until they settled in Britain and France... So, this Viking Mom is scratching out new territory.