We got our new coop last Wednesday (love it) and I first put in a hen and rooster light sussex, then the next day added a polish, red sex link, rhode island red, and americauna. The hen is 8 months and has never laid, the americauna and rhode island red are supposed to be layers, but no one has laid. Do they just need time to get used to their new home? The rooster has never crowed but he is such a protector. At dusk they all actually go up the gang plank to roost for the night, and for the last two nights the rooster will sit with his butt in the roost and half his body and head outside the door obviously watching for predators and protecting his ladies. We have a fully enclosed fence around the housed roost but still, he is protecting those ladies of his. We will keep them in the pen for at least one week, probably waiting till Saturday to let them out and free range. Any helpful hints on when they should lay, letting them free range, etc??? I am feeding the laying feed and they love table scraps. They are very happy. The hen sussex is quite the bully but not too bad. They get along just fine when they all go to roost for the night. Thanks. RD.