A quick history.. Never owned a chicken in my life till about 10 days ago. Wife/son wanted some so I built a coop/run over last few weeks. It was my personal decision that I did not want to raise chickens and wait forever for them to produce eggs. I searched my local craigslist for established birds Found a lady selling "RIR's", approx 8 months old. Well what I ended up with was 4 red sex links and one RIR (RIR is much younger than the rest and gets picked on) I brought them home and I guess we all learned together. I can't tell you how much I have learned about chickens and chicken behavior. Right off the bat I got an egg, first afternoon, Over the first week I would get one egg, two, three, one, three, etc.... Ever since I started the whole home chicken idea I wanted a couple Barred-rock's. Just like the way they look and read nothing but good stuff about egg laying capability and temperament. So Saturday I found another Cl special and went and got 2. I introduced them to the flock when I got them home, and what a mistake that was....UFC/MMA hen fight. They figured it out eventually and are actually coexisting just fine. They have laid eggs every day since Saturday Over the past 10 or so days I have watched these birds change and learn. First night, they tried to fly out of run at dusk. Only 3 made it into coop. Second night, same thing. 3rd night, I physically put them in coop, but they slept on floor, 4th night I had to put them on the roost by hand...Now on night 10 they all go into coop at dusk, and fly up on their own. Now all I have to do is close coop door, change water, rake out run, fill feed for next day, scatter a bit of scratch..In the mornings I just need to go pop the door open and let them out!!! It has really been fun watching them learn and me learning myself A couple days ago I started getting a good consistent 5 eggs a day. Out of the two, I knew which 2 were not laying. My RIR (Ester) and my youngest RSL (Scarlett) Now Sophia(most mature RSL) breaks out into egg song just after I let them out in the mornings and goes until she lays, which is pretty early. Usually by 8AM I had to leave kinda early today and she was wide open cackling when I left. When I got home around 11, I went to clean coop and picked up three eggs, and 2 more hens were sitting. I let them be as I had other stuff to do around house. After a few minutes I heard the egg song very loud(Sophia is so far the only one who is really vocal). I found it weird b/c I knew Sophia had already laid. I walked over and saw the 2 that were in coop earlier out in the run...Only one not accounted for was my baby girl Scarlett. She probably went on for an hour and finally came out. I walked in, opened up coop and was greeted by three more eggs, total of 6 today from 7 birds!! Guess my Scarlett made it fine with her first egg. It is very small in size comparison to the others(bottom) Sorry to be long winded, but I have really enjoyed this experience. I have raised a ton of dogs in my life, and a kid so far to the age of 8, and this is just as exciting. Some good food, a clean coop, fresh water, nice snacks and they are happy as can be and producing well for me!