yes, they are hens, and yes they lay :)

there are some old pictures from when they were smaller on my myspace:

www.myspace.com/neworleansjane i think they're in the summer 08 album. there are also pictures of chickens past, namely my favorite chicken ever (Chauncey) and the rooster i only had for two days before the neighbor threatened to kill him :(
omg they are so cuuute! I love chickens so much, people think they aren't that smart but you can train them to do lots of different things, and if you egg raise them they are so friendly. All of our hens come visit the house. They come to the various doors and say hello and then go back out looking for worms.