We are waiting for our first eggs...and waiting, and waiting. I have a Barred Rock, Silver Laced Wyandotte, Black Australorp and two Buff Orpingtons. We have a BR rooster. They are all around 21 weeks. Just started putting a light in the coop for them about a week ago as the days were getting shorter. They are free ranging, but we keep them in 'til lunch time and I'm pretty sure there is no laying going on. Anything else I can do to encourage laying? Does a pretend egg in the nest-boxes help? If so, what can I use? (is it just the shape they care about?) Trying hard to be patient! Also, any signs I can look for that they might start soon? Thanks!