Hi - We are brand new to the forum, and to chickens. We bought 11 chicks in the spring from a feed store and were told they were "Ameraucanas." They live closed in the coop at night and have the option of in the coop or in a fenced pen during the day. As far as we know they are all females, since none of them look very different from eachother and no one has crowed yet. 14 days ago they began laying eggs. Each day we get 1-2 eggs, and 2 times over the last two weeks we have had no eggs. The eggs are small and different tints of green. Most of them have been layed in the middle of the pen. Lately, some are on the coop floor, but never in the nest box. Most of the laying occurs between noon and 5pm, although we have never caught them in the act. This morning, for the first time ever, we all of a sudden had a medium sized brown egg. And yesterday, for the first time ever, we had three eggs in one day. So, can anyone give me any clues as to how many chickens are probably laying? How often do they lay when they first get started? Daily? A few a week? And, can one hen lay different colors of eggs, or does each hen always lay the same color (different tints)? Lastly, how do I encourage them to lay in the nest boxes, or will they just start doing that at some point? Thanks!