I have a question maybe someone here can answer. I got 30 chicks Feb. 17. I kept 9, 4 EE's and 5 Red stars. I gave 5 to my friend, 3 EE's and 2 Red Stars. I admit, I spoil mine rotten to the point that if I so much as look out the window into my back yard the hens all run over and look up at me. I got my first egg on May 22nd. I have gotten about 4 dozen eggs since then, ave about 3 per day. My girlfriend has yet to see a single egg or even a hen thinking about laying an egg. We buy the same food, but I probably give more treats and spend a lot of time sitting there and petting them while hers are more on their own. Is there any reason hers haven't started yet? These girls are the same age. I gave the hens to her when they were 4 weeks old. Everthing else is the same, we live 10 miles from each other, they all to go outside a lot, etc. She thinks it may be because I have more hens but why would that make a difference? What do you gus think?