We have 3 20 week old pullets all reaching maturity. Yesterday the girls were "crying" all day. i couldn't believe how loud they were. One of our girls was in and out of the nesting boxes most of the day. It's funny because they have sat empty and untouched up until yesterday. Is the 1st egg painful? Yesterday seemed pretty traumatic. Late yesterday afternoon our Barred Rock Marsala wouldn't come out of the coop. She was super noisy and moved from each corner of the coop looking like she wanted to lay. The other girls would go in to check on her from time to time. I was very surprised on how loud she was. I honestly thought she was crying by the noises she was making. Since it was out 1st experience I was a little concerned. It was though she was acting like she was in labor...lol When I close the coop up for the night still no egg. This morning under the roost was a perfect little egg! Our very 1st one!!! I must admit it was pretty exciting!