Ok, so Im still new to this wonderful world of chickens. We got our first one (who turned out to be a rooster) and fell in love with the idea of possibly having fresh eggs from our back yard. Turns out you need HENS to get fresh eggs. So at the end of May we got twin barred rock pullets, 3 weeks later we got our last and final barred rock baby pullet. We built a chicken coop from scratch and now they even have a chicken run that takes up half of our backyard! I feed the girls chicken feed mixed with scratch that I get from the feed store. I also give them fresh fruits and veggies every now and again. The older girls are 21 weeks now and the baby is 3 weeks behind them, what should I be doing in preparation for the big day? I am so excited and I dont want to do anything wrong, what do my girls need from me in order to lay for me? I understand the days are getting shorter and laying might decrease, but does this mean they wont lay for me at all? Any tips on feed or extras, or tips on nesting boxes, or anything really would be so helpful and appreciated! this is their coop...and the baby back in august (10 weeks ) i never seem them lay in the nest side, they roost on the pine tree branch but they mostly roost on the top of the "T" wood and poop where i think they should be laying.