I have 6 18 week old ladies. 2EE, 2BR, 2BB Question 1 - They all roosted from day one in the big girl house (7 weeks). Would jossle for position by the window, now all the sudden the last week or two they have all been sleeping on the floor UNDER the roosts. I am at a loss. We have round closet pole one roost higher than the other. We are thinking of replacing it with 2x4 layed flat to see if that changes anything. I want to open up the nest boxes since they are close to laying but since they started sleeping on the floor I am worried they will start sleeping in there. Any idea's on why they stopped roosting and what I can do to get them back up there? Below is the only pic I have of the roost. Question 2 - Like I said they are all 18 weeks and the 2 BR's have red combs and waddles so I think they should be close to laying. I want to open the boxes up and put in the wooden eggs. My question is it has been over 100 every day here in N Texas. I am doing everything I can to help with the heat. They have a shade cloth covered run and also under trees, fans and misters. I also keep frozen jugs of water for them to lay against. Will they start laying in this heat or will I be doomed to wait till fall for my first egg?