My 21 week old red stars have all started laying - I have 3 and have been getting 3 eggs a day for the last week - they are pretty much laying in the same spots. I have 3 RIR that are a week or two younger. Two don't have that bright red comb, but one is cherry red. I don't think any of them are laying yet, at least I haven't found any eggs. Do RIR start later than the Red Star or Red Sex link? When I got the Red Star, I was told what great layers - production birds they called them - they would be. I'm not in a hurry for eggs. I'm mostly just not wanting a cache of eggs to be hidden that eventually goes rotten. My chickens have free range of an acre or so, much of it with a heavy brush that I'm not keen on rooting through on an egg hunt -- but it provides me a ton of raspberries blackberries in the summer, so I'm not keen on cutting it down - also it is good cover for the chooks.