I've got 3 young hens about 8 months old now. The buff orpington is a week younger than the other two and has been laying for about a month now. The other two are a buff rock and a dark brahma that have yet to lay. I know they aren't hiding eggs since they aren't as vocal and haven't squatted yet. I suppose it could be the cold weather and short days but that didn't stop the orpington. Here are pics of their faces. Zoë here has had a red face for a while now. I think that I read that rocks are better layers but Kennedy (orpington) may have her beat there. She may lay bigger eggs though. I didn't really expect McKenzie here to start laying when she was 6 months old since brahmas are slow to mature. I think she still has a ways to go.