One of my 8 month old Silver Laced Wyandottes got out of her coop and went into my dog's yard. Well needless to say we don't have her anymore. That is really sad in itself but I think she may have been the only one laying eggs because its been over a week now and not one egg since that awful day. My hubby is talking about "knocking the rest off" for meat if we don't get eggs soon. I feed them layer feed, oyster shell and I scatter cracked corn in their yard throughout the day. I make sure they have fresh water too. I really need advice as to get them to start laying eggs. I have one that has started to squat when I pat her and I've heard thats a sign that it will be soon. I'm optimistic that come Spring they will start laying but hubby really is adamant that if we are putting the money into raising them that they should be providing what we intended them for. Myself I can't help but see the girls as more of pets I care for.....the egg laying is just an added bonus. They are so beautiful to look at and I've been raising them since they were a week old....don't wanna see them meet their demise so soon.