Hi! I have 5 laying pullets and 1 coop with 4 nest boxes. They seem to take turns, using whatever one they like (usually I find the eggs in 2 of 4 of the boxes, or just 1 box). Today my one black australorp has been in there for at least 2 hours. The other black australorp is running around and yelling, trying to find a place to lay (I can tell because she's done this before and has also laid in the woods in a secret nest). I tried to put out straw in some random boxes outside hoping she would just get comfortable instead of waiting for the other to get out.
1) Is there a way for them to get more comfortable so they don't have to take turns in the coop? Curtains perhaps?
2) Is it harmful for the chicken to have to wait her turn in the coop when she can't find a good spot to lay for this long (2+ hours?) I just feel bad for her that she's running around yelling like a nut, looking for a spot for the past hour.
3) The black aussie that is laying screams when the other tries to go in - does that mean she is getting broody? First time I've seen this behavior.