My chickens have been acting strange lately. They have been hanging out in the coop a lot the past two days. When I sneak in to look through the window.. they just all look at me. It's like I could hear them saying "shhhh.. here she comes, act like chickens." They are usually on the floor, either sitting in the shavings or just standing there. Maybe they are wondering if Midnight is ever going to stop sitting on dud eggs. Then I wonder, are they looking at the nest boxes. They are 19 weeks old. As you can see, I made them another nest box out of an unused blue cat littler pan. Someone did some scratching around in it today too... and not a cat. I snuck in and took a picture today of one of the secret meetings. I snuck in again later... and found Rusty in the nest box and Pearl was watching him. Now I know what has been going on. I believe that he has been coaching them on laying eggs. They must be getting close. He's such a good rooster!