Ok, my 6 month old RIR (hatchery) pullets have already proven to be little egg laying machines. After 3 full weeks of laying, they are at 40 for this week alone, from 11 little prissies. Today I got an interesting surprise. I thought they didn't lay many today, but upon closer inspection one nest appeared to be fluffed up. Normally the straw is fluffed up when I change it, or if I add to it on cold nights. After a few hours, it always looks like someone has been laying there. Well, this particular nest was fluffed up nicely, and through the straw I just did see what appeared to be an egg... nah, it was 3 eggs, all down in the straw a couple of inches, and well covered up. I realize that in the wild this would be common. Is this a fairly common trick on the part of hens out of habit, or could I have one getting that urge.... ?!?