Do all hens cower before they start to lay eggs? My two reds, bred for laying lots of eggs, crouch and cower when I come up to them as they think I am a rooster, but my pure breed birds aren't laying yet...a huuuuge buff orpington about 5 and a half months old a chanteclerc and light brown leghorn about 4 and a half months old. They are showing some other signs like earlobe color and hanging around the nesting boxes when inside in the morning, and bright colored wattle and comb, but no cowering...they run when I approach. They get about 23 hours of light and range freely all day. I hope I don't have to wait until next spring for them to lay...at least my two reds started a couple of weeks ago so I get 2 eggs a day. Any comments?