A friend gave my son 2 Rhode Island Red & 3 Golden Buff chicks for Easter this year (along with a duck that thinks he is a chicken). As with most "pets" these have become "family pets" .... meaning Mom does most of the work! I really don't mind, they are pretty sweet. We had chickens growing up, but I don't remember much except feeding them and collecting the eggs. I have a few questions: 1) About how old are they when they are available for sale at the feed stores (this is where they were purchased)? She didn't ask when she bought them but they were still fuzzy little things! Trying to determine an approximate age. Easter was April 20 and she bought them on the 19th. 2) When should I start looking for eggs? I have one Golden Buff that has dug a divot in the fenced lot. When I gave them the green bean ends from my garden haul, she just stayed right where she was..... sitting in the hole. Is this a sign of things to come??? I was worried something was wrong with her so I went over to check. She got up and took a couple bean ends from me then went to the others to eat treats. 3) While we have a six hole nesting box in the coop, none of them seem interested in visiting it. I have heard that if I put a golf ball or fake egg in the box, they may get curious and start using them. True or not? Anyone had luck with this method? Thanks in advance for all your help!