Hi, I have 5 hens, and they just started laying 2 weeks ago. I have 2 leghorns (white eggs), a buff, a rhode island red, and a barred rock (all brown). I believe that the rhode island started first- because I always found the eggs either under her, or in the box that she goes in. I've caught the leghorns in the boxes several times, making lots of noise, but no eggs (I have gotten two white eggs- so at least one of them has layed something). Today, I found an egg under my barred rock. The barred rock's egg is smaller than the rhode islands... but ever since the barred rock started laying the rhode island has not been anymore. Would something make this happen, is this normal? Is it possible that because they are all 5 new to this, that it will take a while before I start getting eggs from all (or the majority) of them each day?? I don't know if this is important to laying or not, but I have a rooster as well- I've caught him several times mounting the hens- obviously I will have to leave the eggs there for chicks- but would his behavior affect the actual laying as well? I originally thought he was a hen- he was a late bloomer- but there's no mistaking him now!