Hi! I was wondering if I gave a run down of my flock someone can "coach me" on what to expect RE egg laying. My oldest hen is a 7 or 8 month buff orpington who started laying a month ago. She was doing an egg a day and then suddenly stopped this past week. She looks healthy, not molting, and I thought she was broody b/c she was still on the nest on her egg when I came home from work one day. She was there again the next day. Each time I just took her off the nest and after those two days she seemed to be back to her normal self. Then she laid two more eggs and then that was it. So, I'm assuming she's young so getting eggs will be inconsistent? I've heard of orpingtons being a broody breed, but that seemed like a really short "broody" period from what I've read. I was expecting a few weeks! (but i'm not complaining) Then I have a few 6 month old welsummers. I heard one doing that egg song and have been looking for eggs. Nothing. I know hens have been sitting in the nesting boxes b/c I fluff up the hay every day to see. There are chicken-butt imprints every day. They don't sleep there. Everyone is on their roost every night and still there early morning when I go to feed them for the day. I read somewhere that this breed starts laying later than most. Anyone else have that experience? Finally, there are my 5 month old buff opringtons, that I'm assuming are approaching egg laying age. So, I keep getting asked by my husband and others when we are going to get eggs, especially since we just had a good month of an egg a day! I'm assuming I've got to wait a bit more for any consistent egg collecting. My husband calls them all freeloaders. haha. Any advice on a ball-park time when I'll be rolling in eggs? Maybe another two months or so? Thanks for any guidance. We are impatient. And I'm out of fresh-laid eggs and don't want to buy more at the grocery store.