I have 5 chickens - 2 Silkies, 2 RIR's and 1 EE. One of my Silkies started laying for me on New Years Day, but she's been the only one laying for the last week. In the last 7 days, I've gotten 6 eggs. She's doing good! I keep looking at my other girls to start. The EE and the RIRs have looked ready to lay for the last few weeks, but nothing. I've never seen any of them do the squatting thing I keep hearing about. So, today I let them out to free range and thought I'd try to pet them and see what they do. Well my EE and one of the RIRs squatted for me! These are the same two that will always come sit on my lap when I go out and hang with them while they're free ranging. The EE just squatted down and opened her wings a little bit. The RIR did the same thing, but she also stomped her feet until I took my hand off her back. The other RIR and the other Silkie gave me the stink eye and ran away (although not too far, I did have treats!). Its funny, the RIR that did the squatting looks like she's behind the other one in terms of maturity. We'll see what happens, but I'm looking forward to having more than just one bantam egg a day! About how long does it take them to actually start laying once they start squatting? I hope not too long!