My first egg was the day before Thanksgiving. On the grass. Nothing the second day. Third day, I think three eggs of different colors in the nest. Ever since then, although they have eight nesting boxes they seem most happy laying all eggs in one nest, the one farthest from the ramp, in the corner. We added an extra nesting door next to this nest to get the eggs, and I've learned that it is smarter to not open this door until peering in through the other side to see if anyone is one the nest. They still will use the nest, but face towards the little door if I am there and then plop the egg right outside of the nest. Been getting at least three eggs a day. But here's an odd question: if they all like the same nest, do they have the ability to wait to lay an egg there until there is room? Also, I'm learning that although they make a mess in their sleeping quarters, NONE use the nest to sleep in and they have never gone to the bathroom in it. Sure interesting learning about them! Also, once a hen matures enough to be consistant in laying, is there an average time spent in laying the egg? Once mine lay their egg, they don't waste any time in going back down the ramp and going outside. Just when they are first laying, they spend quality time in and around the area of the nest. And boy, their personalities once they start laying change! They are like feathered puppies looking for love. Follow and chat me up wherever I go in the back yard, squat down for a petting, and love to be held.