I am wondering whether there is any correlation between a rooster beginning to mount chickens (at 16 weeks old) and hen readiness to lay eggs? I have a bantam Barred Rock Rooster (whose name is Petunia, b/c she was supposed to be a female!) several Barred Rocks, several Easter Eggers, a splash Silkie bantam, a white Silkie bantam, an Australorp and an Orpington. They were all hatched together and I got them at 3 days old. Petunia made a gawky effort to mount Esther yesterday, which was unsuccessful and had to have hurt his Rooster pride, I imagine. We have been lighting the coop a few extra hours in the morning so that they have 12-13 hours of daylight in hopes that they will begin to lay before Ol' Man Winter arrives. Does anyone know or have an opinion as to whether Petunia's friskiness could be a sign that her peers are reaching egg-laying maturity as well? Thanks!