My girls will be 18 weeks on Monday, 9/13. I have nest boxes ready, lined with soft hay, ceramic eggs in place, and I'm checking every day. I know that the Dominique and Delaware are the earliest maturing of my hens, and the Dominique has a really red comb and waddles. I haven't noticed anyone squatting or showing much interest in the nests. Is it getting too late in the year? Will they start laying at all now, or am I doomed to wait until spring? I have a light in the coop that stays on until 10pm to make sure they're getting 14 hours of light. Will they start a little later because the weather is cooler?? I am DYING to get some eggs!