First the good news! Our 6 pullets are 17-20 weeks and we got our first egg yesterday! It was laid in the nest box too! We had put a golf ball in both nest boxes a couple weeks ago and yesterday our 20 week old was squawking up a storm. We found the egg a bit later. Today I watched our 19 week old brahma climb into the nest box and roll the golf ball toward her body with her beak. She was quite vocal. She then proceeded to set on that golf ball! Now, everything I've read about brahmas says they don't lay until 24-28 weeks so I doubt that yesterday's egg was hers. Has anyone ever heard of that behavior in non-laying pullets? She did come out of the nest box and is otherwise behaving normally. Should I remove the golf balls now though only one egg has been laid and there are still 5 younger ones? Also, the brahma was the first one in the flock to exhibit the squatting behavior they do when they're close to laying age. My 20 week old swedish flower/barred rock mutt and my 19 week RIR just started doing it the other day. I also have a 19 week wyandotte and two 17 week swedish flower/EE pullets.