I have two young backyard chickens. Layla, a Buff Orpington, is about 7 months old. Lola is about 6 months old. We are new to the chicken world-in fact our town doesn't allow backyard chickens but we have great neighbors! I let the chickens out of their run this afternoon and them immediately heard Layla "purring and cooing". I came inside and googled "first time a chicken lays an egg". When I saw her walking about the yard with Lola, I went to where she was laying. I don't think I can explain how surprised I was to see a whole nest of eggs. She left me 9 eggs. I call her Superchickie now.