Hello, I have had a pair of IB for almost a year and a half now. When I got them, the lady stated that 2010 would be the year that my male's train would begin growing, she would be laying, etc... ( she said they were 1 1/2 - 2) Given their size, judging feathers then and the fact that I have had them for 1 1/2 yrs. leads me to believe the age to be about right. However, he still does not have his train coming in and no eggs from her. She has been trying to run my broody turkey off of her nest for about a week now, which indicates to me atleast a desire to start. I have created her a place based upon readings here that she apparently doesn't like though I know one of them lays in it. I will make her another near the turkey's spot (since she seems to like that) as soon as the flood waters recede. Health appears to be good, no "ucky" poop, etc... They free range (pretty sure she's not hiding eggs), they get leftover whey and milk from the milk cow, vinegar in the water occasionally, cat food for protein, table scraps, scratch mix, hard boiled eggs, sift through the alfalfa and grass hay, etc... so I don't think it's nutrition problem. Why won't his feathers come in?