Since the 15th of this month I have been getting one egg a day, except on the 19th and 20th, no eggs at all on those two days. Only 2 times have I found the egg in the nest boxes with the golf balls. The remainder of the times I have found the egg in a hollowed out place in the bedding near the pop door. The first egg was randonly under the roosts. I had my suspicions on who was laying, but yesterday I watched the BA Rue walk around squawking and searching while Hoss hovered nearby. He took her over to the nest boxes and rumbled deep in his throat. Nope, she squawked and went over to the corner by the pop door and kicked herself a nice cozy spot. Hoss stood over her and grumbled encouraging words for about 10 minutes. The other hens would come over and get close , then amble off on their own. However one of the GLW stayed as close as she could for as long as I was watching. It was almost as if she was taking notes. I couldn't take it any longer and went back into the house. Later there was a small brown egg in that area. Well today I found the GLW snuggled in the nest box and Hoss standing over her! I must have upset him because he ruffled his feathers and left the coop and the young rooster Al Runion came in and pecked the hen and she got up! He then came over and gave me the fish eye and pecked my feet. I picked up that young punk and walked around with him for awhile, set him down and I left. I came back an hour later to see if there were ANY eggs and found a nice egg from the GLW in the nest box still warm and slightly wet. I took that egg into the house, and later went back out with my camera to get a picture of another rooster Dougie, who has a spot on his comb. There was Rue in her corner and Hoss was standing on the roost watching over her. I took some pictures, left them alone and went back into the house AGAIN. Around 4:30 when I went back out, there was the hollowed out spot and no egg. I turned around and there in the same nest box the GLW had used earlier was an egg nestled in among the golf balls. I had no idea that the rooster played such a role while the hens were laying. I showed Hoss the egg before I left and I got the impression he wasn't to pleased I was taking it. I am sure I am animorphising (sp?) this event, but his look seemed to say....after ALL that work, your taking the egg?! The Black Australorps eggs are lighter in color and were much smaller to begin and have slowly gotten larger. Not much though they are still pretty small, but tasty! First egg: Cooking that first egg in a pan of butter with a store bought egg.