My pullets are 21 wks now and of course I am anxiously awaiting the first egg. This afternoon I went to the backyard to only find 3 of my 4 begging for food. I went and looked in the nesting box (the top opens up) and there was my RIR Winnie, laying in the nesting box on top of the golf ball. I talked gently to her, told what a good big girl she was being and as I petted her back end, she stood up and started what I believe is the egg song. She was squacking loudly and acting somewhat anxious - though that could have been my projected nerves - she was LOUD! But, after about a minute (seemed like an 15) she stopped - and NO EGG! Darn, I was so hopeful to actually catch the first egg laying in process. All of this leads me to believe - she must be close. Are they all going to make that much noise when they lay? Gosh, I hope my neighbors are being honest when they tell me how much the love seeing and hearing the chickens.