Hello All!! I am new here and new to chickens as well. We have 12 hens and 1 rowdy rooster that are almost 27 weeks old. We have quite a mixture....2 Rhode Island Reds, 2 Cuckoo Marans, 2 Silverlaced Wyandotte, 2 Buff Rocks, 4 Americaunas (sp?). They free range with our 4 goats and have a coop to roost in at night. We have not had problems with predators just our blood hound dog that has successfully gotten 3 of them most recently one today! They are fenced in away from the dog but every so often fly over the fence even though I clipped one wing on each bird. All this to say that we have not had a single egg. I have looked high and low in the barn and fenced in area as well as the nesting boxes at not an egg to be found. Everyone I talk to (my older patients at the nursing home I sometimes work at!) has told me to be patient. The thing is I ordered about 28 chicks from the hatchery back in the Spring and gave some to a friend. Her chicks have been laying for a whole month!!!! I put rocks in the boxes to "trick" them but no luck. Does anyone have any helpful hints??? My friend has said she would "loan" me a hen or two to show my girls what they are supposed to be doing! Thanks ahead of time for any help! Laura Magnolia Momma!