They started laying this month (my 2 hens). The little banty was captured and giving to me and was rather wild. she is an egg laying machine though! Both my girls lay good eggs, I didn't think the banty eggs would be practical but they are very nice eggs! You get a better yolk ratio, and the yolks are just a little more flourescent. I left a golf ball in the nest box cause I didn't think my dark brahma hen would know to lay in the box, she doesn't seem to be as smart as the banty. A couple nights ago zoey the banty went into the nest box and did not come out to roost. Later that night I went to collect the eggs and zoey was still in there! I had to wait till the next day, she seemed to be sitting on buffys egg. Yesterday zoey came out in the afternoon but went back in later and never came out! We were going to have a storm so we covered the coop so rain wouldn't come into the windows. Normally timid zoey stayed glued to the nest. She was still there this morning when I went out to let buffy out. I opened the nest box and there she was. I left her be for a while longer then went back and attempted to retrieve an egg. She puffed up, spread her tail, and made all kinds of odd noises! It was heartbreaking! I want eggs though so I sort of picked her up and shifted her to the side, there was no egg, but the golf ball was still there so I removed it. She never pecked that whole episode! She finally came out for snacks. Is she going to stop laying delicious mini eggs? Is there something else I should do besides taking the golf ball out?