When my babies were 5 weeks old, we moved them from the brooder to the coop. The coop is small and we are now putting together a much larger coop. The babies all (6 of them!) decided to sleep in the nesting boxes. I had to block the boxes off and put in a higher roost. Now they are starting their 16th week and I just read a post about someone's chooks that are beginning to lay at 17 weeks. I'm hoping mine will wait a few more weeks until we get them in the new coop, but do you think I should take the barrier down to the_nesting boxes just in case? I have brown leghorns and their combs are getting large and bright red and several have dime-size wattles. No singing yet and no squatting. I'd hate to find an egg on the floor because a box wasn't available to them!