So, my first flock of 4 chickens has recently hit laying age and three of the four have laid multiple eggs in their nest box over the past couple of weeks. I let my girls roam around my suburban backyard when I'm at home and check on them now and then. Yesterday, I suddenly noticed that Lucy, my barred rock, was missing from the flock. I called for her, went up and down my street and contacted neighbors with no luck...no Lucy sightings. Finally, I noticed one of my cats staring at a small area of our fence. When I got really close to the ivy-covered fence...I heard faint chicken noises. Turns out Lucy had decided to make herself an "outdoor" nest in a tiny space between the fence and a tree, under the ivy. (Whew!) I removed her from the area and locked her back in her run so she'd use the nest box (and she did)....but this morning she headed straight for the outside nest again...and so did my EE. Guess I'll have to start checking both sites for eggs from now on!